BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Available to non EU students

About the course


Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree fulfils the requirements to be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

It is the first nationally to integrate full paramedic training to the Health and Care Professions Council registration standards within a full-time degree programme.

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course will give you the professional knowledge and clinical assessment skills you need to become a confident, autonomous paramedic working within the emergency environment.

We place a strong focus on the delivery of quality paramedic care within our contemporary society, taking into account rapid changes within the profession, from increasing medical technology to public awareness of healthcare issues.

Paramedic practice now spans a range of disciplines and our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course and covers areas including:

  • Patient assessment and management
  • Clinical skills
  • Biosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology and communication
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Medical design and technology
  • Clinical / professional studies

To give you an understanding of the contributions that all professions make to patient care, some of your studies will be with students from other healthcare professions.

Evidence-based practice and research

A sound understanding of evidence-based practice and research is a fundamental part of your training and throughout the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, your theoretical studies will be interspersed with a series of practice placements.

These will be organised and supervised by either the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust or the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust in partnership with the University.

Why choose this course?

  • Your learning experience is constructed from 12 years of professional leadership in paramedic education and development, specifically designed to support your studies and enhance your work experience. 
  • The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree is the first nationally to integrate your full paramedic training to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration standards within a full-time degree programme.
  • Your vocational placement will be either the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) or the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).
  • You will be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified Paramedic on successful completion of this BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, which significantly increases your employability opportunities.
  • 100% of our Paramedic Science graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Professional Accreditations

Eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a qualified Paramedic, enhancing your employability.

Throughout the programme some study is undertaken with other undergraduate health care professionals, which develops your understanding of common areas of health care delivery.


This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers.

100% of our Paramedic Science graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You'll experience a wide variety of learning styles on this course. During your studies you'll develop your capacity for self-directed study and your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy.

Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

Practice placement

Throughout your BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, practice placements will be interspersed giving you the all important valuable work experience you need on graduation.

Placements will give you the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge you gain via lectures and seminars with your practical experiences, providing you with a complete understanding and application of patient care practices.

This strongly enhances your employability skills.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1a - 15 Credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1b - 15 Credits
  • Behavioural and Social Issues for Paramedics - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education I - 30 Credits
  • Patient Assessment and Management I - 30 Credits
  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Patient Assessment and Management II - 30 Credits
  • Practice Education II - 30 Credits
  • Pathophysiology for Paramedics - 30 Credits
  • Evidence Based Practice and Research - 15 Credits
  • Law and Ethics for the Paramedic - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Research in Paramedic Practice - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedics - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education III - 30 Credits
  • Patient Assessment and Management III - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £14550 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry

112 - 128 UCAS Points

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff. 


  • Must include at least a grade B in a natural science (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Physics).


  • Must achieve 112 UCAS tariff points with 48 UCAS tariff points in a science subject.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Must be in a science-based subject, e.g. ‘Access to Science’, or medicine/nursing/allied health, e.g. ‘Access to Paramedicine’. We do not accept Health and Social Care.
  • Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with at least 18 at Distinction and the remaining 27 with an overall Merit profile.
  • You must have achieved, or be studying to achieve, GSCE grade C / grade 4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English in addition to the Access to HE Diploma.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Must achieve 112 UCAS tariff points. 1 HL subject at grade 5 or above and 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above – to include a natural science. Remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core subjects.

GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications

  • All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths, English.

Level 4 / 5 / 6 qualifications

  • Graduates will be considered – a minimum of 2:2 (lower second class) undergraduate degree in a science or healthcare subject.
  • Health care professionals with relevant qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • We will consider applicants who have undertaken Open University modules / courses in science subjects.

International qualifications

International qualifications are considered on an individual basis for equivalency using the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC). For all applicants where English is not their first language, IELTS at level 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 achieved in any one band) is required. Other English language test are accepted. Please contact the International Office.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interview, occupational health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website:

Applicants must be in possession of a full UK/EU driving licence (with a maximum of 3 penalty points) with category B (car), by 31st August of the year of entry. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to have a provisional C1 category on their licence.

Applicants must be physically fit in order to undertake clinical placements, which will involve 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

How to apply


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