- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge
- Duration: Three Years
- Start Date: September 2022
Can you stay clear-headed under pressure? Do you want a job where every day is different? Do you want to help others in their most vulnerable moments?
Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science programme can lead you towards a fulfilling and meaningful role. With this course you’ll learn the skills and knowledge you need to become a frontline healthcare professional, making a difference for patients who require urgent emergency care.
Throughout your time on the course you will be supported by experienced tutors and lecturers. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete placements in supervised urgent and emergency care settings.
Paramedics have been front and centre in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and we need to continue to grow this critical part of the health and social care workforce. By partnering with two NHS ambulance services, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, as well as acute and community health and social care providers, we are providing students with excellent opportunities to gain clinical experience and core capabilities prior to joining the workforce on completion of their studies.Will Broughton Associate Professor of Paramedic Science
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Paramedic practice continues to develop, with significant changes seen in recent years leading to paramedics working in a range of clinical settings; providing evidence-based care to patients within our communities.
Studying for a Paramedic Science degree with us will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to be an effective paramedic in a time when the demand in this profession has never been higher.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
The learning you’ll receive at BNU is special because we combine academic theory, simulated patient care and practice-based experience to make sure you’re fully prepared to step into this incredibly important sector.
We work with clinical partners like the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust to offer you unique learning experiences that will develop your confidence and show you what being a paramedic is really like.
What’s more, because we give our students the opportunity to delve into the practical world of healthcare, you’ll understand exactly how to provide the best support for a broad range of illnesses and injuries in urgent, emergency and unscheduled care settings.
A training grant of £5000 per year is available for eligible students. You can find out more through the NHS Business Services Authority.
Building upon a long standing history of supporting and developing individuals to achieve registered paramedic status, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is proud of this new partnership with such a well-respected university. The challenges faced by the NHS during the global pandemic have been well reported and to develop a new degree level clinical healthcare programme during this time has been nothing short of extraordinary and is testament to both BNU and SCAS colleagues. We look forward to a collaborative and successful partnership with BNU.Howard Farley Senior Education Manager, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
What facilities can I use?
As a student on our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science programme, you'll have access to our incredible state-of-the-art simulation labs at both the High Wycombe and Uxbridge campuses.
Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. Students regularly spend time in these areas to practice technical skills and use the newest technologies in a safe and supportive environment.
We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock, often gorily realistic injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions.
What will I study?
Throughout the course you’ll be supported by our dedicated and specialist staff who will help you to develop and apply diagnostic skills and evidence-based interventions in a range of healthcare situations.
You’ll develop a solid knowledge and understanding of the core concepts underpinning urgent and emergency healthcare which means you'll be confident to practice as a registered paramedic by the time you graduate.
You’ll study exciting areas like anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, as well as patient assessment, management of medical and trauma emergencies, advanced life support and resuscitation. We'll also teach you important skills like clinical decision making and how to apply clinical research and evidence-based learning in your real-life environment.
You’ll complete a placement in a supervised urgent and emergency care setting each year in which time you’ll be provided with a practice educator and link lecturer to make sure you’re well supported at all times. Placements are an excellent way to network, learn from industry professionals and find out first-hand what the job of a paramedic is really like.
Gaining experience on the frontline whilst studying to become a paramedic is so invaluable, and a great way to put theory into practice. We’re looking forward to supporting students from BNU and providing placements to enable them to become great paramedics.Dr John Martin Chief Paramedic and Quality Officer for London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
How will I be taught and assessed?
Teaching and learning will take a blended approach with students having theory-based tasks to complete in advance of practical sessions or tutor-led discussions. This is a challenging course, and the team will make available a wide range of resources to ensure students are successful.
Your learning will always be applied to clinical practice whether in the form of a simulation or scenario, research activity, student presentation or case study. Practice-based education is a critical component and will allow you to hone your clinical knowledge and practical skills when treating actual patients.
Assessments are varied and will include written submissions, presentations, examinations and practical assessments. You'll learn and be assessed on important patient-facing skills like communication, professionalism, clinical knowledge and practical skills. We'll assess your decision-making and reasoning abilities too so can you justify what you did, or why you want to carry out a particular patient intervention.
Throughout the course you'll work on a personal e-portfolio which will demonstrate your competencies in clinical practice. In each year of study, we'll look to see that you've been able to evidence the core capabilities required to progress through the course and to identify areas where we can support your learning further. Your e-portfolio is entirely owned and driven by you and should be something you'd happily share with a prospective employer to better evidence your learning and readiness for practice.
BNU 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 we place on these skills, we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 112 - 136
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 is also acceptable.
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.
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
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.
We encourage our students to apply for work placements during the University holidays, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
The demand for paramedics has never been higher for the UK Ambulance Services which is why it’s such an important time to consider this challenging yet fulfilling career.
Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities. Many of our graduates go on to work with an ambulance service in the public or private sector but there are also increasing opportunities to work elsewhere in health and social care.
You might also consider a career in research, clinical education or even a leadership or management position in healthcare, social care or education – the possibilities are endless.
Completing this course will make you eligible to register as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and provide you with the firm academic understanding and practical experience you’ll need to excel, whatever path you choose.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.