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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary


As one of the first healthcare professionals to arrive at emergency situations, paramedics are the frontline of the healthcare system, often making crucial life-saving decisions as they assess a patient's condition.

This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course prepares you for a challenging and rewarding career in this highly responsible role.

You'll develop fundamental, underpinning knowledge of paramedic science, practising your skills and applying sophisticated medical techniques in a supportive environment using the University's simulation facilities. You'll use highly technical equipment, such as defibrillators and life-saving resuscitation equipment, and learn how to administer oxygen and drugs to patients safely and effectively.

To prepare you for your career as a paramedic, you'll undertake at least 2,000 hours of practical experience on placements at ambulance stations and within other clinical settings.

When you complete the course successfully, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), working in the public or private sector.

Approved and endorsed by

This course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and endorsed by the College of Paramedics.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use professional facilities including our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you'll practise life-saving skills on manikins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment
  • Work through scenarios you'll experience in your paramedic career, undertaking simulated examinations and treatments in our realistic bedded ward and our high-fidelity patient simulator
  • Get practical experience on work placements in paramedic teams and in clinical settings including community medicine, emergency departments, pathology, maternity, and critical care
  • Have support from a personal mentor from the Ambulance Service
  • Train with experienced paramedics and allied healthcare professionals in clinical settings
  • Receive an induction and full uniform and PPE (personal protective equipment) from the NHS Trust you're assigned to

Careers and opportunities

At the end of the course, you'll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a qualified Paramedic.

Once registered you can work as a Paramedic in the public or private sector. Many graduates work in ambulance trusts but you could also work in clinical settings such as:

  • GP surgeries
  • Primary and secondary healthcare
  • Telephone triage services (such as NHS 111)
  • Helicopter emergency services
  • Special operations response

You can also continue your study at postgraduate level or take on a career in teaching, research or clinical management.

Work experience and career planning

To prepare you for your career, you'll get at least 2,000 hours of experience on work placements in paramedic teams and other clinical settings.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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