Got a cool head and a taste for fast-paced environments? Study on our full-time Paramedic Science degree in Cambridge or Chelmsford, and open the door to a rewarding career in emergency healthcare. You’ll learn in purpose-built skills labs and on placements with London Ambulance Service or East of England Ambulance Service. Our course is validated by the Health and Care Professions Council so you’ll graduate ready to work as a registered paramedic.
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: Adam Kenningham-Brown
Senior Lecturer: Simon Butler
Senior Lecturer: Enrico Dippenaar
Senior Lecturer: John Donaghy
Senior Lecturer: Tim Hayes
Lecturer: James Fenwick
Lecturer: Richard Nicholson
Lecturer: Maggie Crisp
Lecturer: Nathan Cusack
Clinical Skills Tutor: David Brown
Clinical Skills Tutor: Natalie Hartley
Clinical Skills Tutor: James Speak
We run taster days on both campuses between October and December. Find out more about our taster days.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
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 Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
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.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
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.
From September 2020, nursing, midwifery, operating department practitioner (ODP) and paramedic science students will receive funding of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs. Some students may be eligible for more, and this money does not have to be repaid.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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