BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science (Pre-registration)

Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree is ideal if you’re seeking a rewarding career in healthcare as a paramedic. We’ll support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be the first responder to emergencies of all kinds that can provide high-quality life-saving care to those in need.

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

120

UCAS code:

B780

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Offered in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust, the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree offers you the knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.

Your transformation into a paramedic practitioner will develop over this three-year programme with the guidance of experts in multiple fields of medical practice and international medicine. The modules focus on building your intellectual skills and capabilities, clinical judgement skills, and confidence in performing the clinical skills and assessments required of you as a paramedic in a safe, capable and competent way.

As a paramedic, no two days will be the same. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will work to prepare you to assess, evaluate, diagnose and manage the clinical and personal needs of patients of all ages, taking into account the situation and environmental conditions. You’ll gain experience of safe and timely care and transport of critically ill patients while under emergency (blue lights) as well as non-life-threatening conditions. You'll learn the fundamentals of equipping, maintaining and operating in emergency ambulances and rapid response vehicles. We’ll support you to become an effective, capable clinician who can respond to and manage a wide spectrum of emergency and non-emergency situations. These may range from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest and multi-system traumas, through minor illnesses and injury, to chronic conditions and psychological and mental health events.

Your studies will be split with 50 per cent of your studies centred in practice learning experience with NWAS and other local health care providers, learning the realities of life as a paramedic. The other half of your studies will be at the University, complementing and enhancing your learning in the workplace. We’ll guide you as you learn to resuscitate, stabilise, treat and assess patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in our cutting-edge Clinical Simulation Area and Suites, where you can learn techniques and practice using equipment in a safe and controlled environment. Your practice learning experience with NWAS will then build on these skills in the field. Some of the topics you’ll study are out-of-hospital urgent care, trauma management, mental health, chronic conditions, pharmacology, social needs and maternal and obstetric emergencies. If the thought of helping people in these dynamic circumstances gets your blood rushing, then this is the course for you.

While developing your clinical knowledge and skills, this course will help build your leadership abilities, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, adaptability, confidence and resilience, preparing you to shoulder the decision-making responsibilities demanded by this healthcare profession. As a paramedic, you’ll need to work with a high level of autonomy in often unpredictable and emergency situations. In addition to your patients, you’ll interact with and support relatives, friends and members of the public. You’ll also need to appreciate and respect the input and remit of a wide range of other healthcare professionals and emergency services such as the Police, Fire and Rescue Services as well as other Emergency Medical Technicians (MDTs). Importantly, you’ll also need to take care of yourself and ensure your own wellbeing and safety while having the comfort of knowing you will always have support from the Univerisity of Bolton through any challenges you have on this course. We’ll support you as you develop essential interpersonal and team working skills, along with vital decision-making and leadership qualities and the ability to remain calm and reassuring under stressful and potentially traumatic situations.

Overall, this employer-led training and qualification opportunity offers you the chance to graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to immediately enter this recognised and in-demand profession.

Highlights
  • You’ll have access to facilities in the flagship £31 million Bolton One building, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suites and Area, where you’ll be able to practice skills and develop knowledge using clinical equipment and simulators.
  • Through a comprehensive blend of theoretical and practical learning, we’ll help build your knowledge of medical emergencies, disease awareness, patient examination and diagnostics, leadership, trauma management, major incident management, and develop your communication skills.
  • This course is designed to prepare you to demonstrate the confidence, compassion, competence and effective judgement required of a registered paramedic and take responsibility for your decisions.
  • You’ll be guided by staff with extensive experience in this field of practice and inter-professional education, which is key to the teamwork needed in emergency situations and healthcare settings.
Key Features
  • The programme offers you opportunities to develop the academic knowledge, clinical skills, and personal and professional behaviours required to meet the Standards of Proficiency required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (2014) and enables you to apply for registration with the HCPC.
  • As a registered paramedic, you’ll be able to work in a variety of pre-hospital, hospital and out-of-hospital environments, including the traditional 999 ambulance service, patient transport, urgent care and air ambulance services.
  • We’ll support you to gain essential skills in evidence-based practice. These will inform your actions and help you evaluate their effectiveness so that you can continually work towards improving patient outcomes.
  • The course offers you strong knowledge and skills in patient-centred care and managing, maintaining and using the clinical, diagnostic, invasive and therapeutic equipment and drugs required for paramedic practice.
  • We’ll support you as you develop clinical practice skills and knowledge, including your awareness of patient safety, human factors, and legal, ethical, and professional boundaries.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science (Pre-registration) is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Upon successfully completing the degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with the HCPC.


  • 120 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a science or social science subject; for instance, A-level Psychology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Examples of relevant subjects include healthcare, human biology, biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, mathematics and social science. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be counted towards the UCAS point requirement.
  • You must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) these must include English, Mathematics and Science. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • If you have experience in a relevant field this may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll need an IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • To train as a student paramedic, you'll need to have a clean, full, manual driving licence by the start date of the course. You’ll also need to acquire your category C1 /D1 licence by the time you complete the course. Please note that consideration will be given due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You'll need to be 18 years of age by the start date of the course.
  • Please note that this course is only available to Home students.
  • You don’t need to have prior experience of working in healthcare, but you must have a passion to care for others.
  • You’ll need to provide evidence of study in the last five years, professional development or work experience, as well as demonstrate an understanding of healthcare professional standards, paramedic practice and patient care delivery in the pre-hospital setting. Depending on the evidence provided, each aspect will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • If your application is successfully shortlisted, then you’ll be required to attend an interview. The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews (this may include virtual versions such as skype) with academic staff, practice staff and service users. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem-solving skills, and undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate a commitment to a health care career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate, resilient and assertive, and can remain calm and reassuring in stressful situations.
  • If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. When we confirm that you're eligible for a place on the course, we'll send you information about how to gain both of these. Please note that you'll need to complete both these processes as soon as possible to ensure that you can commence your course placements without any delays.
  • You’ll be required to satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.
  • You’ll need to demonstrate that you are of good health and good character before enrolment and on an on-going basis throughout your studies and career.
  • We work with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust. Should your application be successful and you choose to take up our offer of a place, then please note that your practice learning will be subject to rotation to ensure you can gain an appropriate range of experience.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • The University of Bolton recognises prior learning, whether gained through academic credit and qualifications or through your professional and employment experience. Previous learning may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for this programme or for exemption from part of this programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning, and each claim will be considered in accordance with the University’s policy and regulations for the recognition of prior learning.
  • Please note that it's not possible to join this course at Level 3 (HE6). Applications to join the course at Level 2 (HE5) will be considered.
  • You'll need to ascertain if you're eligible for a student loan via Student Finance England or will need to be able to self-fund.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


We'd be delighted to chat with you about the course and your future career as a registered paramedic. Please sign up for one of our Paramedic open events where you can meet/virtually meet our staff and find out more about the University and support services for students.

After graduation, and once you have registered as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you’ll be able to work in a range of emergency and non-emergency situations. You’ll possess the judgement and skills to quickly and accurately assess a patient’s condition and make potentially life-saving decisions. You’ll be able to resuscitate and stabilise patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. In an emergency, you may use high-tech equipment such as defibrillators, tourniquets and traction splints, as well as administer oxygen and analgesia, and so much more!

As a graduate, you’ll possess in-depth knowledge in areas such as human anatomy and physiology, psychology, medicine management, legal and ethical issues, as well as skills in diagnostic evaluation, clinical procedures, decision-making, teamwork and interpersonal communication. You’ll be adept at functioning and working effectively on ambulances and rapid response vehicles and have a clear understanding and appreciation of the role of other healthcare professionals and emergency services.

This programme is not a direct route to nursing or medical programmes. It is designed to prepare you for a specialised role working in the ambulance service.

What can I do with this qualification?

Registered paramedics are primarily employed by Ambulance Service NHS Trusts and are usually based at a local ambulance station. As a traditional emergency response paramedic, you’ll be required to work shifts, including evenings and weekends, and to work in all types of weather conditions. In some cases, you’ll be the senior member of a two-person team, with an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) to support you. Alternatively, you may work on your own, for instance, as a motorbike or bicycle response unit. Other working environments include providing advice over the telephone from a control room and specialised units such as a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), which may need to go into dangerous environments to treat and rescue patients.

Once you’ve qualified, you could become a team leader, supervising other paramedics, EMTs and ECAs, specialise in a specific area such as strokes or even work for the air ambulance. With additional training, you could become a senior, advanced or consultant paramedic, which are senior roles with more responsibilities. Teaching, research and management roles are other options, and the University of Bolton offers postgraduate opportunities that will support you to progress your career in these areas.

Additionally, paramedics are in increasing demand in urgent care, and you may find opportunities in walk-in centres, minor injuries units and GP practices. You might also seek work in the private sector; for instance, in remote environments such as expeditions and oil rigs.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Possible areas of employment include:

  • Public health
  • Management
  • Armed forces
  • HE teaching
  • Clinical research
  • Universities

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

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Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


Modern paramedics require a range of skills and values, and our practice partners and tutors will help you gain understanding and experience of paramedic practice. We’ll support you as you develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment. Learning focuses on the workplace environment, so you’ll spend approximately half of your time in practice gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience, and devote the rest of your time to university learning and independent study. As every student is an individual, and we recognise that everyone learns differently, we aim to cater to all needs by using a blended learning approach.

Practice learning experience is a compulsory component of the course that enables you to develop the necessary competencies required for registration and practice as a registered paramedic. You will not be paid for this time, and travel expenses are not refunded as part of the course. For most of your practice learning experience, you'll be working alongside your dedicated mentor who will guide and develop your skills and knowledge. You'll follow your practice educator's compulsory clinical shift patterns, which will include unsociable hours, including days, nights, weekends, and bank holidays. You'll be expected to complete a minimum of 1,800 hours over the three years.

Your practice learning experience will be based at our partner NWAS NHS Trust (please note, travelling may be required). As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice learning experience while studying theory and apply the theory learned to your practice so that you can understand how the two complement each other. You'll be able to draw on knowledge and support from experienced paramedics both in the workplace and at the University.

We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities designed to arouse your curiosity and support your personal learning journey. Work-based learning and formal face-to-face timetabled sessions are combined with extensive online resources and our community of students, University tutors and practice educators. Our blended approach includes lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminars, tutorials, problem-based enquiry and work-based learning. The course is highly interactive, requiring you to collaborate with colleagues in the workplace and fellow students. Online and face-to-face learning and discussion will be essential. You’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of guided independent study, such as background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments. You'll also be given opportunities for independent learning and recapping of work. This is a course designed for the people who will study on it so that they will be able to get the most out of it. No student is expected to go through this course alone, so to help support your learning the University offers additional study skills sessions. These cover areas such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy. You'll also have a personal tutor and access to various other mechanisms to help you succeed.

You can expect a range of assessment methods, such as coursework assignments, practice competencies, problem-based learning and examination of practice. The assessment of practice and theory both contribute to the final award.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Introducing Paramedic Professional Capabilities
  • Introducing Clinical Knowledge
  • Introducing Clinical Procedures
  • Introducing Practical Capabilities
  • Developing Paramedic Professional Capabilities
  • Developing Paramedic Clinical Knowledge
  • Developing Paramedic Clinical Procedures
  • Developing Paramedic Practical Capabilities
  • Dissertation
  • Embedding Paramedic Knowledge and Procedures
  • Embedding Paramedic Practical Capabilities
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 30%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 40%
Level twoCoursework 30%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 40%
Level threeCoursework 40%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 30%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 10%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%
Level twoGuided independent study 10%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%
Level threeGuided independent study 10%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Rory McKelvin
Programme Leader

R.McKelvin@bolton.ac.uk

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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