Every minute counts in emergency healthcare. You need a cool head and the ability to work under pressure; it’s challenging, rewarding and fast-paced. This degree course provides the training you need to be eligible to register as a paramedic when you graduate.
Our exciting paramedic science degree course will teach you the skills you need to work as a paramedic. You'll get practical experience by using our modern skills laboratories, mannequins and specialist equipment, and back it up with the theory you learn in the lecture theatre. Then you'll apply both theory and practice on your clinical placements with local ambulance trusts. You'll be placed with either East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust or London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. As well as your ambulance placement you'll also experience other types of placement including primary care and acute care.
You'll get expert guidance from supportive tutors, including practising professionals. By studying and working alongside nursing and operating department practice students, you'll learn to work as a multidisciplinary team, reflecting the real-life working environment.
After graduation and registration, you could work in a wide range of out-of-hospital care settings, including an ambulance or response car, the control room, an air ambulance (HEMS) team, or a hazardous area response team. Increasingly, paramedics are also helping to deliver acute care in hospitals and private healthcare, such as at concerts or motor-racing events.
Our paramedic science course was designed with the East of England Ambulance Trust in partnership with Health Education East of England. It's approved by the Health & Care Professions Council, so you'll be able to register and work as a paramedic as soon as you graduate.
We're dedicated to the continual improvement of every aspect of healthcare and delivering the values set out in the NHS Constitution.
Course Leader: Simon Dady
Senior Lecturer: Simon Butler
Senior Lecturer: Enrico Dippenaar
Senior Lecturer: John Donaghy
Senior Lecturer: Paul Fayers
Senior Lecturer: Tim Hayes
Senior Lecturer: John Horton
Senior Lecturer: Chris McGregor
Lecturer: James Fenwick
Lecturer: Richard Nicholson
Clinical Skills Tutor: David Brown
Clinical Skills Tutor: Maggie Crisp
Clinical Skills Tutor: Nathan Cusack
Clinical Skills Tutor: Natalie Hartley
Clinical Skills Tutor: Adam Kenningham-Brown
Clinical Skills Tutor: Karina Orton
Clinical Skills Tutor: Oliver Smith
Clinical Skills Tutor: James Speak
Our taster days for the September 2018 intake has now closed. We run our taster days on both campuses between October and December. If you would like the dates sent to you by email please register your interest.
When you graduate, you'll have the skills and expertise you need to work in this challenging, fast-paced and rewarding branch of the health service.
You'll be eligible to apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health & Care Professions Council and work as a paramedic. You might choose to work in NHS ambulances or response cars, air ambulances or control rooms. You could also work in a range of out-of-hospital emergency care services.
Learn more about the career opportunities with the Digital Paramedic Career Framework published by the College of Paramedics.
We'll assess you regularly so that you and your tutors can check your progress. Besides exams, we'll look at your placement assessment records, essays, presentations, observed clinical examinations, case studies and your major project. In order to successfully complete the course and be eligible to apply for registration, you must achieve a pass in all modules.
Please note that you'll need to pass all of the above core modules in order to be eligible to register with the HCPC. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across three departments:
Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.
We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.
Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
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You'll be responsible for funding your travel to all of your placements. This could involve large geographic areas (Essex, Cambridgeshire, London), depending on who you're placed with and where you live during your course.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
To succeed as a paramedic you’ll need to demonstrate dedication and the ability to make critical decisions that are in a patients’ best interests. If you think you fit this profile but don’t meet our entry requirements, contact us to find out more about starting a degree in Paramedic Science.
This course is open to UK and EU applicants only, as the availability of work placements in the UK health service is limited.
Visit our Interview Information page for advice on what to do if you're invited to attend an interview.
You must have a satisfactory occupational health clearance in order to be allowed out on placement. Heales Medical will undertake the vaccinations on behalf of ARU. However, if this is undertaken by a third party (your own GP), ARU is unable to reimburse the cost.
If you can produce acceptable evidence of already having the vaccinations you won’t need to have them again. However if you have not previously had the vaccinations you can expect to have the following.
You’ll be contacted by Heales Medical after you have firmly accepted your offer (minimum of six months before your course starts) who’ll first ask you to complete a medical questionnaire and arrange a meeting with the nurse.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
September 2018, January 2019
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