• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Please note that this course is subject to validation.

Do you want to be on the frontline of the medical world making a difference with your career? Then our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course at Bucks can lead you there.

The role of the paramedic has changed significantly in recent years, therefore a high quality degree is required to meet the needs of patients and service users. This programme will combine academic theory, simulated care and frontline practice placements to provide you with an environment where you can develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to be an effective paramedic.

As a paramedic no two days are the same, patients might present with a range of illnesses and injury, and you may find yourself working in a variety of clinical settings. Therefore, on this course students gain significant operational experience across a variety of settings, including NHS ambulance services, urgent care clinics, GP practices and within Acute Trusts, ensuring your degree covers the breath and scope of what you will need to function effectively as a paramedic in different settings.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


Throughout the course you will be taught by dedicated and specialist staff who will help you to transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills in a range of healthcare situations. By gaining a solid knowledge and understanding of the core concepts underpinning urgent and emergency healthcare you will be adequately prepared for employment and fit for purpose as a registered paramedic.

The way our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science is taught combines theory and practice. Some of the subject areas you will be studying to build up your theory knowledge are:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Advanced Clinical Skills
  • Patient Assessment Techniques
  • Trauma Management
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Leadership & Management

Practically, you will complete a placement in supervised urgent and emergency care settings each academic year. During your placements you will be provided with a clinical mentor and link lecturer to ensure you are fully supported. You will be provided with a range of clinical experiences in order for you to acquire a range of skills, enabling you to become flexible and adaptable paramedic.

Placements can include:

  • Patient Transport Service
  • Frontline Emergency Ambulances
  • Urgent Care Centres/Walk in Centres
  • Emergency Departments
  • General Practice
  • Hospital Settings

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112-136 points; or an Access to Nursing qualification (minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass).

You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.

In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS).

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 2 Modules

  • Clinical Skills in Urgent & Emergency Care Stage 2
  • Management of Long Term Conditions


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

The demand for Paramedics has never been higher within UK Ambulance Services; this course will provide you, not only with a route to register as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), but with a good academic and practical ability to operate as a paramedic in often challenging environments.

Once registered you can work as a Paramedic in the public or private sector. Whilst many paramedics find employment within an ambulance service, there are increasing opportunities for graduates to work in a range of health and social care settings. There are also opportunities in research, education as well as leadership and management within the ambulance services and the higher education sectors.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.