Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

paramedic science students using medical manikins
UCAS Code
B900
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Paramedics are the frontline of the healthcare system. If you want to join them in helping people at their most critical time, this is the course for you.

This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course prepares for you for a challenging and rewarding career as a Paramedic. It gives you the medical knowledge and wide-ranging professional skills you need to be an effective first responder and register as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use professional facilities including our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you’ll practice life-saving skills on manikins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment
  • Work through scenarios you'll experience in your career, acting out examinations and treatments in our realistic bedded ward and our high-fidelity patient simulator
  • Get more than 2,000 hours of practical experience in a variety of clinical settings, including community medicine, emergency departments, pathology, maternity, and critical care
  • Enjoy support from a personal mentor from the ambulance service, and shadow trained paramedics and allied healthcare professionals

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Previous students have done placements at:

  • Andover Ambulance Station
  • Ringwood Ambulance Station
  • Isle of Wight Ambulance Station

Careers and opportunities

At the end of the course you’ll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a qualified Paramedic. Once registered you can work as a Paramedic in the public or private sector.

You can also continue your study or take on roles in other areas first response or teaching.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional approvals and endorsements 

This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and endorsed by the College of Paramedics, the professional body for Paramedics and the ambulance profession in the UK.

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • 112 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent.
  • Applicants must be 18 or over when the course starts.
  • Applicants with a full, category B (car) driving license should have no more than three penalty points.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • The Department of Health requires all new Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) workers, including students, are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The consent, test and managed process of results will be carried out by our Occupational Health Department.

    See the other qualifications we accept

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't open to international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Your initial uniform is free, but you’ll need to pay £20–£250 for extra or replacement uniforms. You won’t need to pay for a replacement due to fair wear and tear.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
  • Fundamentals of Physical and Biomedical Sciences
  • Foundations of Professional Practice

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Research Methods
  • Acute Pre-hospital Care
  • Patient Assessment
  • Improving Standards of Care
  • Applied Professional Practice

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Pathology and Therapeutics for Paramedics
  • Assessment and Care of the Older Adult
  • Research Project
  • Enhancing Professional Practice

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical work
  • clinical placements

There's an emphasis on applying theoretical and practical components to clinical placements, so you're well prepared for your future career.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • assignments
  • projects
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • presentations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 42% by written exams and 58% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B900
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from the outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'Apply' section above for details) or through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU. 

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.