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BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

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Working as a paramedic is incredibly rewarding, exciting and challenging. You'll be the first to arrive at the scene of emergencies, providing urgent medical care to those who need it. As well as providing emergency care for critically ill pateints you will develop advanced assessment and decision making skills so you can decide the appropriate refferal method for less seriously unwell patients. You need a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to excel in this field and this course will provide you with both.

As well as being taught by lecturers with knowledge and experience of a diverse array of healthcare professions, your course will include workshops and talks from carers and other people who use the services provided in this profession.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements


Health & Care Professions Council and the College of Paramedics

Relevant subjects:

Science/Health Studies, Psychology, Sociology

Required subjects:

Biology or Human Biology

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry: (we will use the new UCAS tariff) 112 tariff points, from 3 A-Levels, including 40 points from a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. BTECs in Health & Social Care or Public Services considered only when accompanied by A Level Biology or equivalent. Some experience in a paramedical / care environment is a requirement. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page

For 2018 entry: please note BTEC applicants will need to study specific courses, please see our entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent.

For more information check out our international entry requirements page

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. 

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Year 1

Core units

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Science for Paramedics: You’ll explore the principles of anatomy, physiology and sciences relating to the different body systems and paramedic science, as well as patient assessment skills.
  • Paramedic Science Context 1: You'll gain an understanding of the essential principles of social, health and behavioural emergencies within the urgent and emergency care arenas.
  • Identifying Core Skills & Strategies for Holistic Patient Assessment: This unit aims to facilitate students in establishing the skills and attributes needed for patient assessment in the paramedic pre-hospital setting.
  • Fundamentals of Acute Care for Paramedic Science: This unit will introduce students to the core concepts of acute care in paramedic practice. It will explore communication as a key component of healthcare and develop skills of clinical enquiry. 
  • Paramedic Practice Portfolio 1: You will participate in professional practice and gain an understanding of the skills, knowledge and professional expectations that underpin and provide the foundation to such practice.
  • Pharmacology for Paramedic Science: During this unit you’ll gain knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary for the safe administration of medicines.

Year 2

Core units

  • Developing Advanced Paramedic Skills & Strategies: You will build on the knowledge and understanding acquired in year 1 to develop critical thinking, reflection and decision-making skills encountered in paramedic practice.
  • Paramedic Science Context 2: This unit explores ethical issues surrounding end of life care, palliative care and mental health. It embeds an underpinning philosophy of patient centred care.
  • Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: This unit aims to raise your awareness of a range of evidence and how it guides practice.
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Paramedics - Disease Processes: This unit aims to develop your understanding the organ systems and associated pathophysiological processes which are pivotal to student paramedics' clinical practice.
  • Paramedic Portfolio 2: This is a practical unit with an opportunity to gain experience in different areas of practice.
  • Fundamentals of Long-term Conditions across the Lifespan: Building on year one, this unit will develop advanced assessment skills, critical thinking and reflection skills in relation to specialist patients seen in the pre-hospital environment. These specialist patients will include: trauma injuries, elderly care including dementia and vulnerability, mental health, end of life and palliative care.

Year 3

Core units

  • Paramedic Context 3: This unit explores the role of the paramedic as a leader, mentor and autonomous practitioner. It will consider clinical decision-making and advanced critical thinking which inform paramedic practice.
  • Paramedic Care of Minor Ailments: This unit aims to ensure you’re competent in the assessment, examination and treatment of patients with a variety of minor ailments.
  • Physical Examination and Minor Injuries: You’ll assess, plan, implement and evaluate the total care and safe discharge of patients presenting with minor injuries with reference to evidence-based practice.
  • Service Improvement Project: Whilst working in small teams you’ll reflect upon areas of professional practice or service delivery that need development.
  • Exploring Research & Development in Paramedic Practice: This independent study unit allows you to develop a research question and review research literature in one specific area of paramedic practice.
  • Paramedic Portfolio 3: Building on your knowledge from portfolio 2, you’ll be expected to demonstrate evaluation and critical reasoning in practice placement competencies.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

Throughout the course, 50% of your time will be spent in theory-based classes and the rest of their time on emergency vehicles working with ambulance crew and helping patients. This means that your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignments.

Year 1 – 22% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 504 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 96 hours (estimated)
  • Placement: 600 hours (estimated)  

Year 2 – 42% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 504 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 96 hours (estimated)
  • Placement: 600 hours (estimated)  

Year 3 - 42% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 504 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 96 hours (estimated
  • Placement: 600 hours (estimated)

28% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 38%
  • Year 2: 25%
  • Year 3: 20%

In addition to coursework the course is assessed by practical exams and there is also written exam work to complete. Coursework assessments are designed to be meaningful and allow students to combine their practice and theoretical learning.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

Provision and arrangements of placements will be across the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) and the South Central Ambulance Service. The College of Paramedics and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require each student to complete 2,250 hours of practice over the course. Placements are achieved via shift-work where you will follow the shift pattern of your paramedic mentors, including night shifts, weekends and bank holidays.

You'll experience placements in a variety of settings including emergency ambulances and rapid response vehicles, usually over a consolidated period of time which may span from four weeks in your first term to three months later in the course. You'll typically spend time at BU learning theory and practising skills and then go on placement where you’ll have the opportunity to apply the theory and skills you’ve learned, a process which will be repeated throughout the course.

In addition to these placement blocks, you'll also go on four lots of five-day specialist placements which include spending time in clinical theatres, maternity units or working with community midwives, with mental health crisis teams and in NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit). These will be in Dorset and Somerset (Yeovil) to ensure you access the necessary breadth of placement experience.

While on placement your will be allocated a mentor, who will be your professional assessor, and you'll also have a personal tutor assigned to you who teaches on the course. You'll be expected to work the same shift pattern as your mentor, and you will be responsible for getting to and from your allocated placements.

Going on placement will involve some travel, and you may choose to find short-term accommodation in order to participate in the specialist placements, travel costs are your responsibility. 

What hours do you work? 

When on placement you will experience the full 24 hour shift pattern to include 12-13 hour shifts, weekends and night shifts. You will follow the shift pattern of your allocated placement mentor, which means you cannot chose which days you work. Although this does involve some weekend working, it is highly unlikely that you will be working every weekend. 

Your application

Background and experience

For Paramedic Science we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a clear understanding of the profession, as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Have undertaken relevant work experience
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course.

It is essential that you gain some work experience before applying, preferably of at least six months. This experience can be from within an ambulance service, military environment, acting as a first responder, or within a similar healthcare setting. We can consider experience from Lifeguarding/St. Johns Ambulance/Red Cross etc in addition to other experience but not alone regardless of duration of membership. Possession of a current first aid certificate is also desirable.

Our courses are built around the NHS’ constitution values, and when assessing your application we will take these values into consideration:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts.

Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.

IT Skills

In the healthcare sector IT is now a vital tool for accessing and maintaining patient records, accessing literature to client care and conducting clinically-related research. As a student you will receive an introduction to IT near the beginning of your course and you will be provided with computer access and your own email address. During the course you will be expected to use your developing IT skills to produce assignments, to conduct literature searches, and to use client-related record systems in the clinical setting.

Selection Methods

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Because we need you to have practical and applicable skills in this particular subject, we’ll then invite the very best students for an interview. These interviews are designed to demonstrate that you have the necessary insight into the profession, as well as the motivation and commitment to become a Paramedic.

What to expect at interview

Interviews take approximately half a day, starting either in the morning or the afternoon. A member of the faculty and the admissions team will register your attendance and welcome you to the interview day. This will be followed by a tour of the skills facilities and other key parts of the university, before being presented with an overview of all three years of the course by a member of the paramedic science team. Multiple stations are set up to assess your suitability for this course of study; this includes a group work activity and multiple scenarios involving interaction with actors or service users, which will be observed by members of the faculty.

You can find further information about interviews with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences here.

Additional reference

In addition to the reference on your UCAS form, once we’ve received your application we will contact you to ask for a second reference; this can be a different teacher/lecturer, employer or person who knows you in a professional capacity.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications).

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry

The entry requirements for this course are 112 tariff points, from 3 A-Levels including 40 points from a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.

BTECs in Health & Social Care or Public Services considered only when accompanied by A-Level Biology or equivalent. Some experience in a paramedical/care environment is a requirement.

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Required subjects:Biology or Human Biology

Relevant subjects:Science, Health Studies, Psychology or Sociology

Excluded subjects:This course does not accept General Studies A or AS-level but Critical Thinking is accepted.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and Literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component or equivalent. This is a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirement.

Other Qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3 remainder at level 2 or equivalent). A minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology is required. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects; any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC Qualifications: For students applying to start this course in 2018 we will only accept applicants with a BTEC qualification in Health Science

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects. BTECs will only be considered when accompanied by A-Level Biology or equivalent (relevant BTECs for 2017 entry are Health & Social Care, Sports Science or Public Services).
  • Diploma: This course requires a Distinction, Merit in addition to an A-Level to achieve the overall tariff. Offers will be subject and grade specific particularly in the science subjects.
  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
  • Subsidiary Diploma:The Subsidiary Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

For 2018 entry: This course will only accept applicants with a BTEC qualification in Health Science. 

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: This course requires a minimum score of 70%.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 30 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include required subjects as appropriate.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but do not have Biology/Human Biology and this is a required subject for your course we recommend you consider studying the Open University course SK277.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma and one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma:This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects. 

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Other Health Care Level 3 Qualifications and Bridging Programmes: We are aware that there are a wide range of health care qualifications which people undertake in their workplace. Find out more information about Bridging Programmes and some frequently asked questions about them here. If you would like to know if the qualifications you have or are working towards meet our entry criteria; please ring  01202 967307 or email us: for further information and advice.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

Non-academic requirements

Occupational Health Checks

Paramedic Science is physically and mentally demanding and you will need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions  need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy,  back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information.

You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations, including EPP clearance. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record  for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.

Refusing Immunisations

The University has an expectation that all students will comply with the vaccination programme.  This ensures that you will be able to undertake the wide range of training placements that your course  will require. Occasionally some vaccinations  are contraindicated in certain medical conditions. OH will advise the University in these cases.The University will consider students on an individual basis. Refusal to have immunisations will result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)

All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barred List check; this will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course. Please see the Government website for the most up to date information.

Driving license

Bournemouth University have a revised policy for all Paramedic Science students, in line with Ambulance Trust guidance, effective from September 2013, which requires all applicants and students to hold a full UK driving license with no more than 3 penalty points.

International entry requirements

From September 2017 we will be welcoming international students to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.


If shortlisted for interview you will be notified of the interview arrangements once your application has been processed. 


  • Students in working/studying six months after graduation: 97%*

This course will prepare you for work in the fast-paced world of emergency care, giving you the skills you need to work as a paramedic. This is not the only career path open to you though, as you can also work in other areas of the healthcare sector, such as minor injuries units or GP surgeries, or even take your skills to the private sector, for example by working on an oil rig.

As the BSc (Hons) version of this course is a relatively new at BU, we don't have specific statistics about where our graduates are working now. What we can tell you is that within six months of graduating from FdSc Paramedic Science 98% of our students were in in work or study. 

Industries worked in

  • Healthcare
  • NHS
  • Private sector, e.g. oil rigs

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your lecturers

Peter Phillips

Peter graduated from BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science in 2009 and worked as a paramedic in London and Dorset. In 2013, Peter graduated as an Emergency Care Practitioner (Specialist Paramedic), delivering emergency and urgent care within an NHS Ambulance Service and Out-of-Hours GP Service. Since 2014 Peter has been a full time lecturer at Bournemouth University and is now joint programme lead of BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science with Alison Trinder. He has a wide range of both education and clinical research interests, and in 2016 commenced a PhD studying the nature of resilience in newly qualified paramedics. Peter’s passion is in championing the paramedic profession and enabling BU graduates to make a positive impact upon the paramedic profession as a whole.

Christoph Schroth

Christoph was born in Germany but spent 18 years in South Africa and one year in Namibia. Christoph's medical experience and education was mostly gained abroad, giving him a different and broadened perspective on healthcare in Europe, as a whole. His teaching experience ranges from first-aid to the public, to bodyguards, teaching Ambulance Technicians and other healthcare providers.

Ian Darby

Ian has worked in NHS Ambulance services for 16 years and gained a large body of experience in pre-hospital healthcare. During this time he worked with a number of Paramedic students within this operational setting helping them to prepare them for their future careers. Ian's remains professionally active within the NHS and in addition joined BU as a Lecturer in Paramedic Science holding a number of teaching responsibilities and research interests.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Professional body accreditation of the course
  • Occupational Health Check
  • Disclosure & Barring Service Check
  • Uniforms – Whilst Health Education Wessex commission this programme and pay tuition fees for the programme, a specific paramedic uniform is required for placements. Some placement providers may provide a uniform to you free of charge (and replacements if needed) but not all. Depending on where you do your placement, you may need to buy your own uniform from the placement provider. Students should bear this in mind when applying for this programme. The approximate cost for this is £300 currently. You will not be able to check this until your placement is allocated.

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

The NHS will not fund tuition fees or bursary unless mitigating circumstances have been submitted and approved by the University Exam Board. For those students who submit mitigating circumstances to the Exam Board, the University will apply automatically on their behalf. Any decision on funding is within the remit of the NHS only and if funding is not approved then students will need to self-fund their tuition fees for each unit to be repeated and associated maintenance. Fees are currently £1,500 per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

What our students say

Josh Barker

I’m doing the course because I wanted to be part of an amazing profession that is unlike any other in the health service. Paramedics are autonomous clinicians and pre-hospital specialists when it comes to providing the right care to their patients.

What our staff say

Peter Phillips

It’s a course that fits the modern day paramedic. We want our students to make safe mistakes so we have external training centres such as Streetwise, RNLI, Coastguard and the local Fire Service.

What our students say

John Sutton

I love the hands on approach with a 50:50 ratio of classroom theory and out with my mentor. I love the fact that I can gain the knowledge and apply it directly out on the road.

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