Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford, Cambridge


This course will be revalidated for September 2020. All modules will be subject to change.


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.

Full description


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.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Preparation for Clinical Practice in Emergency Care
    This module introduces you to the fundamental aspects underpinning delivery of care within the clinical environment. It'll provide basic introduction to the biosciences required to underpin clinical practice when identifying care needs of all client groups.
  • Patient Assessment and Management 1 (Theory)
    This module aims to introduce the fundamentals of patient assessment and management in paramedic practice and directly compliments knowledge and experience gained within Patient Assessment and Management I (Practice). Within this module, a theoretical basis will provide support and development of knowledge surrounding holistic and contemporary patient assessment and management with which to transition into practice. Specifically, this module aims to focus on the major body systems including the respiratory, cardio-vascular, nervous, digestive and musculoskeletal systems. Through providing such theoretical basis, the student will develop a basic but robust approach to the prioritisation and focus of patient assessment, following a systems based approach.
  • Patient Assessment and Management 1 (Practice)
    This module will see you in clinical practice. You’ll undertake placement with one of our Ambulance providers (London Ambulance Service/East of England Ambulance Service) attending the full range of emergencies that a Paramedic can be expected to manage. It’ll introduce the fundamentals of patient assessment and management, directly complimenting knowledge and experience gained within Patient Assessment and Management I (Theory). Using a systems-based approach, you’ll develop a basic but robust response to the assessment and management of all patients, both medically unwell and traumatically injured.
  • Research and Study Skills
    This module promotes the importance of evidence-based care by providing you with an understanding of research and the impact this has on care delivery. The skills gained throughout the module will prepare you for the rigour of academic work, enabling the development of literacy and numeracy standards, and providing a sound knowledge base to develop key research skills.

Year two, core modules

  • Professional Role of the Paramedic
    This module reviews the role of the Paramedic in a wider healthcare economy and the broader society. It also considers the Paramedic in roles outside of the NHS and as emergency service personnel working alongside the other emergency services.
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
    The human body relies on a series of physiological processes in the maintenance of homeostasis and the survival of the individual. Understanding of such processes is crucial in the understanding of pathophysiology and appropriate management. This module builds on previous appropriate study of anatomy and physiology.
  • Pharmacology for Healthcare Practice
    Develop the knowledge of registered and non registered inter-disciplinary health care individuals allied to medicine working within primary and secondary settings with the many aspects of drug administration. Although some health care individuals will not be directly involved in drug administration, it is essential that they have an insight and understanding of pharmacology to ensure safe monitoring of patients. If nurses need to be competent in their knowledge and skills of medicinal products and formulae (Dimond 2003a; Dimond 2003b; Coping 2005), it follows that all healthcare individuals need the same requisite knowledge and skills. It’s this lack of knowledge which is the most common cause of medication error (Page 2001). Dimond (2003b) advocates familiarity with formulae and it is expected you’ll obtain a copy for this module. This will act as a reference guide throughout the whole module, so you become use to accessing the text whilst studying and can transfer this skill into practice. Develop an understanding of the principles of pharmacology and legal and ethical issues. It’ll explore cell biology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and their relevance to health care practice. Patient issues related to drug therapy will be examined and the responsibilities of the health care team in relation to these. It’s supported by materials which have been authored in-house/written externally and approved by OL co-ordinator. You’ll be required to provide an assignment to support a claim for 15 credits at level 5. This will be a 3,000 word case study. You’ll be entitled to a minimum of 1 hour support for the development of the assessment. It should be noted that there is an expectation that you undertake a total of approximately 150 learning hours to complete this module; this will include classroom interaction or completion of OL materials, tutorials, literature review, professional development and the development of the assignment.
  • Patient Assessment and Management 2
    This module is designed specifically for students undertaking a course within paramedic science. It will support the development of patient assessment approaches and builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the Patient Assessment I. This module will include practice experience with opportunity for skills development whilst on clinical practice placement.
  • Clinical Practice in Paramedic Science I
    Completing this module, which combines both ambulance and out-of-ambulance placements, will demonstrate that you have acquired the necessary skills and attributes to work competently as part of an ambulance crew. You’ll be assessed on all aspects of ambulance care, developing and improving your practice through mentored support of the placement providers and their fully qualified mentors and continued tutorial support from the University and our ‘Link Lecturers’.

Year three, core modules

  • Research Methodology, Design and Process
    With the increased emphasis on research-based practice over the last decade, it's essential that established practitioners who wish to take further educational programmes are conversant with research methodology and the application of theory to practice in their field.
  • Patient Assessment and Management 3
    This module supports the development of patient assessment and builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the Patient Assessment I and II Modules. You'll be provided with the opportunity to undertake practice in the skills laboratory setting and whilst on clinical practice placement.
  • Leadership and Management Skills in Health and Social Care Practice
    Effective leadership is essential to providing high quality care delivery. Staff morale and motivation, retention and recruitment, professional development, quality improvements, service efficiency and effectiveness all depend significantly on the style and quality of leadership at the front line.
  • Major Project Paramedic BSc
    The individual final project module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research focused on a topic relevant to your studies. The project topic will have been assessed for suitability with discussions with an appropriate project supervisor to ensure sufficient academic challenge and research feasibility. The project will be a critical review of the literature. The chosen topic will require you to identify/formulate problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate using suitable methodologies, process and analyse data, critically analyse, appraise and present findings using suitable methods or media. Regular meetings/contact with the project supervisor will take place, so that the project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction. Formative assessment is an individual presentation of the research topic, methodology undertaken (and any data acquired) in week 6/7. This will assist in a ‘feed-forward’ manner in the development of the final Summative assessment would normally include a substantial written project report.
  • Clinical Practice in Paramedic Science II
    Completing this module, which combines both ambulance and out-of-ambulance placements, will demonstrate that you have acquired the necessary skills and attributes to work autonomously as a paramedic. You’ll be assessed on all aspects of paramedic practice and be required to demonstrate your decision-making ability in time critical situations.


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.

This is a three-year programme

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.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Additional costs

Enhanced DBS check - £44

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.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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.

Loans and fee payments


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.

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Training grants

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.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

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 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.

International students

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only, as the availability of work placements in the UK health service is limited.

Interview information

Visit our interview page for advice on what to do if you're invited to attend an interview.

Occupational health

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.

  • Measles immunity blood test
  • Rubella immunity blood test
  • Varicella (chicken pox) immunity blood test
  • Hepatitis B immunity blood test

  • IGRA blood test (TB screening)
  • Hep B surface antigen blood test (Hep B surface antigen screening)
  • Hep C blood test (Hep C screening)
  • HIV blood test (HIV screening)

  • Three or four Hep B vaccinations
  • Two MMR vaccinations
  • Two varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations
  • One BCG (TB) vaccination

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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