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BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

With the equal split of theory and practical elements, this course will prepare you to fulfil the role of a modern-day paramedic, ready for an ever-changing and evolving workforce.

  • UCAS Code:
    86G3
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Clearing 2021: This course is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application will be held on a waiting list. We’ll contact you if a space becomes available and your application is being considered. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online. You can also explore our other Health & Social Care vacancies in Clearing.

Why study BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science at BU?

  • The course maintains small cohort sizes resulting in excellent lecturer-to-student ratio meaning more support, education and resource availability, throughout your three years. 
  • Experience over 2,000 hours of placement experience throughout the course in a diverse array of settings. 
  • This course is endorsed by the College of Paramedics and approved by the HCPC, so you will be able to register as a qualified practitioner once you graduate. 
  • Practice in state-of-the-art facilities at our brand-new Bournemouth Gateway Building, including a newly built ambulance simulation suite, hospital wards and community home settings.
  • There are opportunities to undertake training and exercises at external locations across the region
  • As well as providing emergency care for critically ill patients, you will develop advanced assessment and decision-making skills so you can decide the appropriate referral method for less seriously unwell patients. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Funding support: Paramedic Science students may be eligible for a non-repayable government training grant of at least £5,000 a year. Find out more information about the funding. 

Course endorsement and approval

Our degree is endorsed by the College of Paramedics and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). On successful completion of this course, you will be able to register as a qualified practitioner. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements

Required subjects:

See full entry requirements for required subjects.

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 112-128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent.

For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians.

Contact hours and assessment

Throughout the course, 50% of your time will be spent in theory-based classes and the rest of the time in a practice placement setting. This means that your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignments.

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 619kb)

Placements

50% of your time will be spent in a practice placement setting. This percentage of placement is a UK statutory requirement for this course. Ambulance placements will be undertaken across either the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) or South Central Ambulance Service and you will assigned to one of these trusts- we will attempt to place students based on their preferences but please note this is not always achievable due to numbers involved.

Placements are undertaken via shift-work where you will follow a shift pattern allowing you to work with paramedic mentoring staff- this will include night shifts, weekends and bank holidays.

In addition to these placement blocks, you'll also go on a number of specialist placements which may include: clinical theatres, maternity units, community midwives, paediatric settings and minor injury units.

Going on placement will involve travel to any of the locations across our region, in order to experience the full spectrum of clinical incidents Paramedics respond to in practice. It is essential for you to have transport available to make your journeys to and from placement throughout the entire degree. You may also like to consider arranging short-term accommodation in order to participate in some of the specialist placements.

Entry requirements

This course requires 112–128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*BC, ABB, ACC or BBC, BTECs DDM or DMM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2021 and 2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs) GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.
Required subjects for September 2021 and September 2022
  • A-Level: Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Biology, Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Physical Education, Life Science, Sport & Exercise Science
  • BTEC Nationals: Health & Social Care (Extended Diploma), Applied Human Biology (Extended Certificate or higher), Sport & Exercise Science (Extended Certificate or higher), Sport (Extended Certificate or higher)
  • Cambridge Technicals: Health & Social Care (Extended Certificate or higher)
Excluded subjects General Studies (unless accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent in appropriate subjects)
A-level and AS levels

112–128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject.

AS levels are accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
Access to HE Diploma 112–128 UCAS tariff points from any combination of Distinction, Merit and Pass grades. This must include 15 level 3 graded credits in one of our required subjects: Applied Human Biology, Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Physical Education, Life Science, Sport & Exercise Science. An Access to HE Diploma contains 60 credits overall, with 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject.
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff. 
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 112–128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects, including 40 points in a required subject.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject.
  • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction* (112 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject.
  • Foundation Diploma / Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate / Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Extended Project Qualification Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 112–128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) 30–32 points including grade H5 in a required subject.
Scottish Highers 112–128 tariff points from Scottish Highers, including 40 points in a required subject.
Scottish Advanced Highers 112–128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable).

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2021 and September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 66-76%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,3 to 4,4,4 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 65-75%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 65-75%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 6.5 or 7.5. Grade depends on course

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

Your application

This course is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application may be held on a waiting list (either prior to or following an interview). If your application is on a waiting list, we will inform you if a space becomes available by the end of June.

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

Watch our video presentation for application and interview guidance for this course. 

Careers

This course will prepare you for work in the fast-paced world of emergency care, giving you the skills you need to work as a paramedic. This is not the only career path open to you though, as you can also work in other areas of the healthcare sector, such as minor injuries units or GP surgeries, or even take your skills to the private sector, for example by working on an oil rig.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our pages on funding support for healthcare courses. Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Josh Barker

I’m doing the course because I wanted to be part of an amazing profession that is unlike any other in the health service. Paramedics are autonomous clinicians and pre-hospital specialists when it comes to providing the right care to their patients.

What our staff say

Iain Darby

It’s a course that fits the modern day paramedic. We conduct training in our university simulation suites as well as training at external locations.

What our students say

David Tory

“The BU Paramedic Science degree course is both challenging and rewarding. I find myself fully engaged in placements and I am enjoying the course immensely.”

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