Do you want to be a frontline healthcare professional, making a difference for patients who require urgent and emergency care? Then our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course at Bucks can lead you there.
Paramedic practice continues to develop, with significant changes seen in recent years that see paramedics working in a range of clinical settings – providing evidence-based care to patients and service users in our communities. Studying for a paramedic science degree with Bucks will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to be an effective paramedic and to develop your career in this evolving profession.
The programme at Bucks combines academic theory, simulated patient care and practice-based learning to meet the standard required for registration as a paramedic. We work with a range of clinical partners, including South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust to offer experience in practice that will develop your confidence and ability to provide effective care for a broad range of illnesses and injuries, in urgent, emergency and unscheduled care settings.
A training grant (£5000/year) is available for eligible students. Further information can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
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, developing specialist skills for your future role, further boosting your CV, and enhancing attributes that employers will value. In recognition of the value
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.
UCAS CODE: B950
Throughout the course you will be taught by dedicated and specialist staff who will help you to develop and apply diagnostic skills and evidence-based interventions 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 ready to practice as a registered paramedic.
The way our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science is taught combines theory and practice throughout your studies. Some of the subject areas you will be studying to build up your theory knowledge are:
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
- History Taking, Clinical Decision Making and Reasoning Skills
- Application of Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Practice
- Patient Assessment, Investigation and Examination techniques
- Recognition and Management of Medical and Trauma Emergencies
- Assessment and Management of Minor Illnesses, Injuries, Mental Health and Long-Term Conditions
- Advanced Life Support and Resuscitation
- Clinical Leadership
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 practice educator 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 a flexible and adaptable paramedic.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112-136 points; or an Access to Higher Education qualification (minimum of 45 Level 3 credits, with 18 at Distinction and 27 at Merit) which must be in a science-based subject.
You may find it beneficial if you have prior knowledge of health or human science, 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).
Applicants must be physically fit and able to undertake clinical placements, which will involve frontline ambulance duties. This includes (but is not limited to):
- lifting and carrying of equipment
- climbing flights of stairs
- moving and handling patients
- undertaking a variety of shifts, including night-work
Attend the compulsory interview and selection event for shortlisted candidates.
Those for 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), with no on element below 6.5.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Desirable / Recommended
Full UK driving licence; this is strongly recommended to allow students to operate a vehicle to attend practice placements. Whilst public transport is possible for some locations, this cannot be guaranteed.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Academic Skills and Evidence-Based Practice
- Critical Thinking and Philosophy
- Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- Social Health and Behavioural Science
- Fundamental Urgent and Emergency Care
Year 2 Modules
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Emergencies, Trauma and Resuscitation
- Research Methods for Clinical Practice
- Applied Urgent and Emergency Care
Year 3 Modules
- Pharmacology for Paramedic Practice
- Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Paramedic Practice
- Contemporary Paramedic Practice
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks