BSc Paramedic Science


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The School of Health Sciences offers a superb learning environment that enables students to fulfil their potential and ensures our graduates are fit for practice in the modern and ever-changing health and social care sector.

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Exposed to real-world scenarios from day one, our paramedic students are ready to make a difference.

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As a Paramedic, you will face a wide range of situations which will require you to calmly and competently identify, communicate and administer emergency care in order to save lives. You will need to ensure that you have access to the best training available, and be fully prepared for this demanding but rewarding role.

When you join UEA, you will be joining a supportive community of like-minded health and medical professionals, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care.

We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS and Ambulance Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours. We will support you to become the very best paramedic you can be.


Looking for a career in a rapidly expanding and rewarding field? 

The Paramedic Science degree at UEA is a highly relevant and practice led course, fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

It has also been developed collaboratively with East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and endorsed by The College of Paramedics. 

What does this course offer?

  • A lecturing team who are clinically active as paramedics  
  • Valuable time spent in clinical placements (50% of course time) helping you to develop your knowledge and skills and gain first-hand experience
  • State of the art clinical skills education using contemporary equipment used by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust
  • Opportunities to learn with students across all disciplines and experts from across the School of Health Sciences

Life as a Paramedic

A paramedic is expected to autonomously assess and treat patients in line with contemporary clinical practice guidelines, often in challenging situations and under considerable pressure. They may administer life-saving drugs and use high-tech equipment, they also have to gather information and form working diagnoses for a wide variety of patients who may have complex health needs. Consequently paramedics need to be highly inquisitive, diplomatic and person-centred individuals with an eye for detail and a thirst for knowledge. 

Career opportunities

As well as employment opportunities within NHS ambulance services, paramedics are employed within the private sector making the employability very high - currently over 90% of our graduates find employment within six months of graduating. There are increasing opportunities to specialise as a paramedic in areas such as critical care, primary care and a wide range of other areas. Read our graduate stories to see where this career could take you.

Register for an open day where you will get the chance to meet your future course leaders and lecturers, ask any questions and get a real feel for where a career in Paramedic Science you could take you.

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Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


Why do paramedics need to be effective communicators? How can we continually improve our communication skills? This module develops the prerequisites for effective communication and personal development at university and beyond. Effective communication is one of the Health and Care Professions Council's Standards of Proficiency for paramedics, but the ongoing development of communication skills requires a wide range of related knowledge and skills. On this module, alongside the practical study of key communication concepts and research highlighting their importance, you will consider ways in which we learn, the principles of reflection, and how we can set feasible stepping-stone targets towards our personal and professional goals. The module is comprised of lectures and workshops on three interwoven strands: academic skills, communication skills, and reflective writing and practice. In the academic skills strand, you will consider your transition into higher education and the principles of effective learning. You will explore how to access and process appropriate literature and research, and how to effectively present information both orally and in writing. The communication strand provides you with opportunities to discuss communication in its variety of forms, and the facilitators and barriers to effective communication in professional paramedic practice as well as in our personal lives. Practical workshops provide you with opportunities to experience communication breakdown and skills for managing them. The final strand introduces you to reflective practice and its role in lifelong learning, including the development of self-awareness to support effective paramedic practice. In addition to enhanced verbal and nonverbal communication skills, you will gain the basic personal and professional development skills required and built on throughout the Paramedic Science programme and on into professional practice. Self-awareness, establishing rapport, and problem-solving are just a few of the transferable skills you will develop. Personal development planning lies at the heart of this module and its assessment, with a strong emphasis on 'personal' rather than simply professional. You will reflect on both personal and professional experiences and how lessons from one can inform the other, and be supported to consider how your developing skills transfer to both home and work environments where appropriate.




On this module you will gain a grounding in research and evidence-based practice for Paramedics. The learning objectives for this module are to: - Introduce research and evidence-based practice - Discuss clinical audit - Provide an overview of clinical governance and service improvement




This is the module you might just have envisaged when you decided to train as a paramedic#.It's your opportunity to get a grounding in the core clinical skills required to become a competent, professional paramedic who confidently excels in what they do. We will teach you how you to begin applying clinical decision making to patients through simulation, discussion and lectures, so that you can go out into your first clinical placement and consolidate this learning with the support of your clinical educator. You will be assessed on a wide aspect of your skills in clinical practice, and also through a written examination and an online medications examination at the UEA. Learning about human biology is a key part of being a paramedic, and since it is essential to understand the basis of anatomy and physiology involved in body systems, we use both online learning and taught sessions to allow reinforcement of the areas covered prior to assessment. Simulating patient scenarios is one such teaching approach we use, and it is great for allowing you to apply your newfound clinical decision skills in real time and for you to add in the pharmacology understanding you have covered too. You will learn more and more about this subject over the entire three years, but the basics of medications and their administration starts in this module, so you can really think about how to best manage an unwell patient with this knowledge. Undertaking hands-on clinical skills are also a part of patient management, and we teach you in groups so we can ensure feedback for every student. Be prepared to become really good at chest compressions, taking clinical observations and airway management as we want you to go out into clinical practice placement feeling a part of the team.




In this module students will develop their clinical skills through simulated practice and also in the clinical environment. The module comprises a 6 week placement supported by a week of simulation. It is designed to enable students to consolidate their learning across the year and its application to practice. Since the programme comprises a spiral curriculum, in addition to the module specific outcomes a number of outcomes from the preceding modules are revisited and assessed to ensure that students have met the requirements to progress into Year 2 of the programme.




This module complements the Foundations in Paramedic Practice module by introducing important themes from sociology and psychology. The ability to use these two fields of science relate to health and assessment. You will also consider the wider implications of health policy, public health and health promotion. You'll learn through blended learning using a mixture of flipped lectures, directed reading, lectures and seminars. Group work and Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) will support application to practice. The EBL packages will focus on: #Mental health difficulties - mood disorders; psychosis #Dementia #Learning disabilities and autism #Vulnerable groups - including the homeless. The learning objectives of this module are: #Exploration of psychosocial aspects of care #Begin to understand person-centered care #Explore the needs and perspectives of service users #Develop skills in teamwork and enquiry-based learning #Develop skills in presentation #Develop confidence in independent and self-directed learning #Self-awareness and resilience



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


The module will complement the psychosocial aspects of out of hospital care in year one by exploring appropriate sociological and psychological elements in relation to those requiring end of life care and older people with frailty, mental health, substance misuse and other hard to engage groups. You will analyse the nature of services required to support the individual and those around them. You will then investigate the educational resources required to support the individual and those around them.



Developing Paramedic Practice

You will already have some core knowledge by the time you enter this module, and we want you to build on this and develop the quick thinking and intuitiveness that is required. This is your opportunity to expand your clinical decision making abilities, and learn further hands-on skills so that you can develop into the best paramedic you can possibly be. We are going to look further at body systems, so that your anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology understanding will broaden and deepen, which will in turn develop your confidence and expertise in clinical decision making. You will learn to interpret electrocardiograms, and how to assess certain patient groups such as paediatrics or women in labour using lectures, simulation, patient scenarios and discussion. Your history taking skills will expand so that you can really draw out information from your patient and treat effectively when you go into clinical placement. You will be asked to plan patient care in its entirety, from initial management to handover or referral, and to explore a range of clinical guidelines to support your decisions. The assessments will include an oral examination where you can showcase your increased knowledge on patient care, management and pathophysiology, and discuss your clinical decision making in full to other clinicians. You will also demonstrate your knowledge in a further assessment using a series of portfolio entries based around prior patient incidences, to demonstrate how you are developing as a practitioner supported by an evidence base of guidelines and literature. Finally, there is a chance to be assessed in practice with the support of your clinical educator, and an online drug medication examination to support your ongoing pharmacology learning in this module. This is the module when your clinical understanding gets to shine, and you will feel that you are really grasping what it is to be a paramedic.




This module builds on Evidence Based Practice 1 in Year 1 enabling students to further develop skills of analysis/evaluation of a range of evidence drawn from research, audit, clinical effectiveness and best practice and service improvement initiatives. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Enable students to begin to analyse and evaluate evidence from a range of sources #Develop skills to present a reasoned argument #Further develop service improvement knowledge and skills




This module will build on your foundation knowledge with emphasis on critical care presentations. It will include assessment management and referring patients range of facing life-critical care needs.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

Clinical Assessment, Examination and Decision-Making Skills

This module aims to prepare the student to practice safely and effectively in a First Contact out-of-hospital setting, using an evidence-based approach to the assessment and management of patients/clients requesting assistance with illness or injury. The focus is on the acquisition of the complex skills of patient assessment and diagnosis through history and physical examination, diagnostic tests/ indicators and interpretation of these, followed by formulation of a management plan. The management plan may include the supply of medicines under Patient Group Directions. There will also be an emphasis on development of good consultation and history taking skills to ensure positive outcomes and patient participation in strategies mutally negotiated to restore and promote health both immediately and in the long term. It also addresses working within the student's boundaries of practice including triage and referrals to appropriate practitioners and services using strategies such as SBARD to escalate concerns.




Leadership at all levels, together with mentorship and the ability to enable learning of others are crucial to out of hospital care practitioners. These areas have been recognised as traditional gaps in paramedic education and this module will enhance your knowledge, skills and capabilities in these areas as well as enhancing your employability and readiness for your role as independent registered practitioners. Completion of this module will enable you to demonstrate leadership skills early in your careers and to become the mentors and educators of future students.




You will undertake a literature review to provide a rationale for a proposed service improvement/innovation project. Support will be provided through seminars/tutorials, group work, project supervision and supported by online resources.




Supported Assessed Independent Learning (SAIL) is designed to offer the experience of self-guided and self-paced autonomous learning within a supported reflective framework. By asking you to think about learning as a potentially transformative process, the module will help you to: #Get to know your own disposition as a learner; #Evolve strategies for managing your own learning and motivating yourself; #Become more comfortable with the uncertainty that self-guided learning can generate; #Identify and meet a learning need drawing on a range of available resources; #Exercise initiative, creativity and ownership in your personal learning SAIL will offer formative opportunities for sharing your learning and gaining feedback from module organisers and your fellow students before finishing with a summative assessment workshop which will measure the extent of your engagement with your chosen course and your own development.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB including Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry with a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points including HL 5 in a Science
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry, or 2 subjects at H2 and 4 subjects at H3 including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject including 12 Level 3 credits in Science
  • BTEC DDD - see below for accepted subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 70% including a Science at 70% or above

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 or grade C including English Language/Literature and Mathematics. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs.)

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Accepted BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects:
Applied Science
Applied Science (Medical Science)
Applied Science (Forensic Science) - must include both 'Physiology of Human Body Systems' and 'Physiology of Human Regulation & Reproduction' units.
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Sport (Performance and Excellence)
Physical Education and Coaching
Health and Social Care - must include the unit 'Physiological Disorders'

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

We are able to accept the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science at grade B or above in place of A-Level Human Biology.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language/Literature and Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject including 12 credits in Science Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3
Bachelor Degree (hons) in Biology, Human Biology, PE, Chemistry or Nursing 2.2 (alternative subjects considered alongside A-level B in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry)
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) Not accepted
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) Not accepted
Certificate of Higher Education in a Science subject 55%
City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health pathway only) Distinction
Diploma of Higher Education in a Science subject


Foundation Degree in a Science subject 60%
Foundation Year in a Science subject 70%
Open University (60 credits) in a Science subject 55%


We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English language equivalences here.


Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and follows a multiple mini interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 7 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) and be able to provide their original qualifications should they be invited to attend an interview.

If a qualification is pending, results will need to be officially verified prior to commencing the course. Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure (formerly CRB). Two satisfactory references are also required, one will be submitted on your UCAS application form.

Students will be required to travel both to and from their placement area, which may be located anywhere within Norfolk or Suffolk.  The responsibility and funding for this travel rests with the student.  Students are expected to work at a range of times to ensure exposure to the full 24 hour and 7 day week nature of healthcare.  This may include weekends, evening and nights.  The start and finish times of these shifts will prove challenging if the student is dependent on public transport.  For health and safety reasons, where the travel time to the placement area exceeds 45 minutes according to Google maps, the student must make alternative arrangements for local accommodation.  

Driving Licence Guidance

It would be beneficial for applicants to have a full clean driving licence with provisional C1.  Driving is not a requirement for the HCPC or of the course, however for employment paramedics need to be ‘DVLA category 2 cleared’ (buses and lorries).  

For reasons of preserving safety the DVLA’s guidance around the medical conditions that would prevent an individual from possessing Group 2 DVLA clearance (e.g. epilepsy; diabetes; narcolepsy) may be used by the Trust as criteria that will exclude students from accessing placement. As such, the presence of certain medical conditions is likely to prevent a student from being successful on the programme.

Applicants are advised to review the DVLA’s ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Professionals’ prior to starting.

This course is approved by Health and Care Professions Council and endorsed by the College of Paramedics.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.


Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

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Tuition Fees

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Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

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