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Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

If you like variety, work well under pressure and want to work in medical care, this could be the perfect course for you. Learn the essential skills required to work as a paramedic  on this popular and well-established course. Delivered in collaboration with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), you’ll be involved in clinical simulation and experienced varied clinical practice in the NHS preparing you to deal with a range of situations, from minor wounds and minor conditions to more serious injuries and illness. This course will prepare you to work in challenging and constantly changing environments; to interact with service users, the public and other emergency staff and to contribute to out-of-hospital care in the future.

The course will offer you the opportunity to develop a wide range of clinical skills each year, with underpinning theoretical knowledge. The focus is on the out-of-hospital emergency care and primary care setting.

Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.


All our lecturers are either qualified paramedics or specialists in emergency care.


In Year 1, you will study a broad range of clinical scenarios found in the out-of-hospital setting and gain relevant knowledge, clinical skills and behaviours for patient assessment, and appropriate therapeutic interventions. This is supported by an introduction to biomedical sciences and an introduction to the legal aspects within professional practice, alongside preparation for clinical practice in which you will be supported and supervised by a clinical practice educator.

In Year 2, you will further develop your underpinning knowledge and clinical skills whilst completing modules addressing major trauma, paediatrics and obstetrics and the unwell adult. These subjects will be enhanced by attending various clinical placements within the NHS to allow you to apply your newly learned knowledge and skills. During your clinical placements, you will be supported and supervised by a clinical practice educator.

In Year 3, you will further enhance your clinical skills and decision-making abilities by completing modules that support your transition into an accountable healthcare professional.  This will be achieved by completing modules in enhanced clinical practice, leadership and research.  Clinical placements augment the final year, which will take place within a variety of clinical based settings. As in the previous years, you will continued to be supported and supervised during clinical practice placements by a clinical practice educator.

Gain a University award and have the eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) upon completion of this degree.


Gain a University award and have the eligibility to apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) upon completion of this degree.


In clinical practice, you’ll be allocated to specific sector within NWAS and will experience a range of clinical placements.  In addition, you will attend further clinical placements within hospital and primary care based settings throughout the duration of the course.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    B781; Short form: DipHE/Para

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: TBC

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

120 UCAS tariff points at A2
BTEC - Distinction, Distinction, Merit = 128 UCAS tariff points
Access to HE Diploma - 120 points plus
GCSE Maths/English at Grade C or equivalent (Functional skills L2 or Key Skills L3)

PLEASE NOTE: A full UK manual driving license needs to be presented at interview – if not then the interview will not proceed.  A C1 provisional license needs to be obtained by the start of the course.

Courses at a glance

Year 1

  • Fundamental Skills for Safe and Effective Practice
  • Biomedical Sciences Applied to Practice
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects within Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Delivering Effective Clinical Care for the Acutely Unwell Adult
  • Providing Immediate and Emergency Care for Women and Children
  • Contemporary Approaches for Managing Major Trauma

Year 3

  • Leadership in Healthcare
  • Enhanced Decision Making for Clinical Practice
  • The Dissemination of Evidence for Practice

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DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.


Our Industry Links

This course has been designed and developed in partnership with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).


Learning Environment

Each year you will be based both at the University and in practice placements. Placements will be provided across a wide geographical area. You will be observing practice, working under supervision and participating in practice at different times of the day and night. Weekends may also be utilised on occasion. To facilitate a broad range of practical experience, you may be required to travel some distance to your clinical placement. You will learn by lectures, practical skills based training, seminars and group activities. You will also be required to compile a course profile throughout the course that will provide a complete picture of all activities and learning achieved over the programme. You will use eLearn to access web based information and materials.

During both years of the course, a number of modules are assessed in both theory and practice. Theory assessment is by essays, reports, case study analysis and examinations. Practical skills will be assessed using simulated clinical incidents and clinical examinations. Clinical practice will be assessed in practice by paramedics, nurses and doctors as appropriate. You must complete a practice assessment document and produce and maintain an e-portfolio.


Exciting Opportunities

Successful completion will give you eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and follow a career as a paramedic. Qualified paramedics have a variety of career options available and are being employed within ambulance services and within other unscheduled and primary care environments.  


Professional Accreditation

Pending approval, the course will be accredited by the College of Paramedics (professional body) and by the Health and Care Professions Council (regulatory body).

College of Paramedics

Health and Care Professions Council

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry |

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.