Two paramedics relaxing on a break. BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science.
UCAS Code
B900
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years Full-time
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

Paramedics are vital to the health, safety and wellbeing of the nation.

If you’re ready to work at the frontline of the NHS, this BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree will prepare you for life as a registered paramedic.

Course highlights

  • Practise your skills on medical manikins and simulated patients safely and under expert supervision in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, one of the country’s leading healthcare teaching environments
  • Gain more than 1,500 hours of practical experience on placement with real paramedic teams and in clinical settings, including community medicine, emergency departments, minor injuries units, maternity and critical care
  • Get expert support from a personal mentor within the Ambulance Service
  • Receive an induction, full uniform and PPE (personal protective equipment) from the NHS Trust you're assigned to
  • Become eligible to register as a paramedic with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate

NHS Learning Support Fund

At least £5,000 a year

On this course, you may be eligible for additional funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund bursary of at least £5,000 a year.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

95% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

Health & Care Professions Council

Accredited by:

This course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 26
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. 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 full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB
  • UCAS points – 120 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 26
Selection process
  • 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 will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. 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 full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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.

Your facilities

Before you join real paramedics on placement, you'll practise life-saving skills on manikins in our safe and supportive Simulation Centre.

You'll work through scenarios you'll experience as a paramedic, including simulated examinations and treatments in our realistic bedded ward and high-fidelity patient simulator.

 

The Paramedic Science course at University of Portsmouth was my first choice as they have a great reputation for health care courses. Being a city campus, you get a strong sense of not just being part of the University, but of Portsmouth itself.

Alex Easson, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Careers and opportunities

As the first healthcare providers on the scene in an emergency, paramedics have to take rapid action to save lives, often working alongside other first response teams like the police and the fire service.

A career as a paramedic is fast-paced and demanding, but also incredibly rewarding. As ambulance call-outs continue to rise, paramedics are needed in ambulance trusts nationwide – there were 783,050 incidents in June 2021, 80,000 more than in the same month two years ago.

Delivering frontline care when it's needed most

On this Paramedic Science degree, you’ll master the complexities of acute pre-hospital care, and learn to assess patients and treat patients using life-saving equipment safely and effectively.

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 in the public or private sector.

As a paramedic in the NHS in 2021, you'd begin your career on a Band 5 salary of £25,655 to £31,534, before moving up to Band 6 after two years in your role, which ranges from £32,306 to £39,027.

With more experience you could progress to become a consultant paramedic, making up to £75,874 (Band 8c). 

Once you graduate, you’ll also be prepared for jobs in clinical settings like telephone triage services, helicopter emergency medical services, with ambulance trusts, or in special operations response.

Where could you work as a paramedic?

Many graduates work in ambulance trusts – recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • London Ambulance Service
  • South Western Ambulance Service Trust
  • East of England Ambulance Service
  • Welsh Ambulance Service
  • North East Ambulance Service

What else can I do with a Paramedic Science degree?

You could also work in clinical settings such as:

  • GP surgeries
  • Primary and secondary healthcare
  • Telephone triage services (such as NHS 111)
  • Helicopter emergency services
  • Special operations response

You can also continue your study at postgraduate level or take on a career in teaching, research or clinical management.

Ongoing careers support

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

Ambulance and clinical placements

To prepare you for your career as a paramedic, you'll get at least 1,500 hours of experience on work placements in paramedic teams and other clinical settings.

Being on placement is a fantastic experience and my favourite aspect of the course. I was made to feel part of the ambulance crew and have been encouraged to be actively involved in patient care from the start.

Alex Easson, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science student

Ambulance placements

Each year, you'll complete an ambulance placement, working 37.5 hours a week (which includes 7.5 hours a week study time).

You'll be allocated a clinical mentor from the Ambulance Service and you'll work with a clinical team that consists of a team leader, paramedics, specialist paramedics, ambulance technicians, associate ambulance practitioners, emergency care assistants and other student paramedics.

You'll work alongside and be supervised by a paramedic on every shift and work in different ambulance stations across Hampshire or the Isle of Wight (depending on where you live during your studies). Your shift patterns will mirror what you'll experience as a paramedic and will include weekend and bank holiday shifts, night shifts, early shifts and late shifts.

Clinical placements

You'll also undertake the following clinical placements:

  • Year 1 – a 1-week community placement in a setting such as a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation team or with a learning disabilities team

  • Year 2 – a 2-week in-hospital placement, which allows you to experience various clinical departments such as maternity, emergency departments and coronary care units

  • Year 3 – a 3-day placement in a setting such as an ambulance control centre or minor injuries unit

What you'll study

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

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice
  • Science Informing Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Acute Prehospital Care
  • Applied Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Patient Assessment

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

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

There are no optional modules 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • 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

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK) for 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 require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

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

This course isn't currently open to International and EU students.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional funding – at least £5,000 a year

Students on this course may be eligible for additional funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund of at least £5,000 a year. The bursary is non-repayable and is in addition to any other support you are eligible for, including Government student loans.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

Apply

How to apply

If you're interested in starting this course in 2021, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

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

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

EU and international students

Sorry, this course isn't currently open to international or EU students.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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