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. 

Thinking about becoming a Paramedic?

Be part of an exciting new pilot - the Paramedic pre-degree experience programme gives you the opportunity to get paid, get experience, and get prepared for your degree. Find out more.

You could also try our new bite-size course Preparing for Paramedicine with UEA Health Online - aimed at prospective students. Discover more

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.

Course Modules

Year 1

Module Title


Foundations of Paramedic Practice

40 credits

Communication and Personal development

20 credits

Psychosocial Aspects of Out of Hospital Care

20 credits

Evidence-based Practice

20 credits

Practice-based learning

20 credits

Year 2

Module Title


Developing Paramedic Practice

60 credits

Current issues in Paramedic and Out of Hospital

20 credits

Evidence-based Practice

20 credits

Critical Care (includes Practice-based Learning)

20 credits

Year 3

Module Title


Clinical Assessment, Examination & Decision Making Skills (Primary/Urgent Care)

40 credits

Studies outside Paramedicine (includes non-assessed elective)

20 credits

Leadership, Practice Education, Teamwork and Transition into Paramedic Practice

20 credits

Service Improvement Project

40 credits



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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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 BBB including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry, or 6 subjects at H2 including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3 in a Health 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 C or grade 4 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 (18 unit) 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'

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

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People's Workforce or Health and Social Care Not accepted
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) Not accepted
Science Foundation Year 70%
Foundation Degree in a Science subject 60%
Open University (minimum 60 Credits at Level 1) in a Science subject 55%
Certificate of Higher Education in a Science subject 55%
Diploma of Higher Education in a Science subject 55%
Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry 2:2 (Will accept 2:2 in alternative subject alongside A level B in one of these subjects)
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


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.

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

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in all components)


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

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 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 5 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

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course. 

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service ( 

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.

It would be highly beneficial for applicants to have a full clean driving licence with provisional C1. Although driving is not a requirement for the HCPC, for employment paramedics need to be ‘DVLA category 2 cleared’ (buses and lorries) and those with insulin treated (type 1) diabetes are specifically excluded from this activity. A driving licence and access to a vehicle will aid applicants in getting to placements.


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

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

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. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

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