Paramedic Science, BSc Hons

Study paramedic science with us and benefit from our strong links with the London Ambulance Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service, where you will undertake your clinical work-based practice.

This paramedic science degree, run by experienced paramedics and healthcare educators, will prepare you for challenging roles on the front line of emergency care. Our course combines academic study with clinical placements where a range of health professionals will assist in your paramedic training.

Students studying at Avery Hill Campus will undertake a clinical work-based practice with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Medway Campus students will work with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. This degree will prepare you to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a paramedic.

All paramedic science students on courses from September 2020 may benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back. See more information.

This course is now closed for September 2021 applications.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

B781 A BSc/PaSc (London) / B781 M BSc/PaSc (Medway)

Campus

Avery Hill / Medway

Duration

3 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

2021/2022 fees

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • 93.33% Overall Student Satisfaction in Paramedic Science (2020 National Student Survey)
  • Students studying this course can expect to earn up to £30,000 on graduation (HESA, 2020).
  • Make a difference to people's lives and work on the front line of emergency care.
  • Train to provide emergency care to those in critical need. Our NHS work placements give you vital on-the-job experience.
  • We prepare you to register as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What you will study

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About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team of experts, which includes senior academics, technical officers, and practitioners with industry experience. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the module leader. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work, and 97 per cent of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

112 UCAS points from A-levels, with no more than 12 points from AS-levels.

GCSE Mathematics, Science and English Language with a minimum of grade 4 (C) are required.

Or Functional skills level 2.

Or IELTS of 7.0 (with minimum of 6.5 in each skill) and Maths and Science.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

Candidates will be required to:

  • Attend an interview at a Selection Day on Avery Hill Campus or Medway Campus.
  • Provide evidence that you possess a full UK manual driving licence or that you are undertaking driving lessons. If you are undertaking driving lessons you are obliged to obtain your full manual UK licence by the end of the first year.
  • Suitability Declaration,  Occupational Health Screening and Enhanced Disclosure and barring service check required.
  • Meet residential regulations.

Please note: if you are applying via UCAS, they will only accept references from a professional email address.

Students who require a visa to study in the UK are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

  • Appropriate healthcare experience through work shadowing or observation, either voluntary or paid, is encouraged.
  • You must also demonstrate an awareness of current issues in paramedic practice.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a 'blended model' of teaching and learning (except for distance-learning courses). This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We'll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.

Teaching

In a typical week* learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, on average*, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase a stethoscope for use in skills simulations and practice placements (estimate £45)
  • Memberships: applying for student membership of a professional body such as the College of Paramedics may incur further costs (estimate £2.50 per month)
  • Practice placement: you may need to pay for any travel to and from practice placement areas required for your course (estimate variable).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

The Medway-based programme has been developed in partnership with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The London based programme at our Avery Hill campus has been developed in partnership with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

More on health placements.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

On completion of your degree, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council. Once registered, you can pursue the various roles that paramedics fulfil in the acute and primary care sectors.

As a paramedic, you may work in NHS ambulance trusts or in offshore and remote locations. Supportive roles are also available within specialist services such as the neonate transfer service, air ambulance team and the hazardous area response team. Opportunities are also available in minor injury units and GP surgeries.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We aim to empower our students to achieve their potential, with support including:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Our three-year degree course is run by experienced paramedics and healthcare educators. We combine academic university-based study with clinical work
placements, where a range of health professionals will assist in your paramedic training.

We will prepare you with the right skills and expertise to undertake this dynamic and challenging role in the out-of-hospital environment.

Accommodation information

Accommodation pages

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Become a Paramedic


Would you like to make a difference to people's lives and work on the front line of emergency care? Study our three-year degree and combine academic university-based study with clinical work placements, where a range of health professionals will assist in your paramedic training.

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.