Paramedic Science

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.   Invited applicants will attend a selection event at University that will consist of a written test, group activities and face-to face interview.  Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course subject to Occupational Health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.  At the course selection event, applicants must provide evidence of a clean full UK manual drivers licence.  Please note that once successfully on the course, there may be additional financial responsibilities to support travel costs to and from clinical placement and to support accommodation and living costs.   In addition, it is highly recommended that students joining the course should gain the C1 provisional entitlement on their driving licence, this too has a financial implication, more information can be found here and by request of information from the Course Enquiries Team  Tel (+44) 01772 892400 / Email

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: TBC

    Students starting a new Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional course on or after 1 August 2017 may be eligible to apply for financial support from the Learning Support Fund (LSF).

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 120 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 120 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 
Driving Licence needs to be passed before interview

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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.

Course Overview

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


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Paramedic Suite

Clinical Skills Suite

Our Industry Links

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

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

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Health Sciences
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.