Paramedic science

Study paramedic science to be at the forefront of emergency care, where your skills become a lifeline for those in critical need.

Studying paramedic science is rewarding if you want to make a tangible impact in healthcare. The skills you gain become a lifeline for those in critical need as you learn the intricacies of emergency medical care, essential skills such as patient assessment, trauma management, and life-saving interventions.

It consists of both theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical experience, so you’re well-prepared for the challenges of pre-hospital care. Paramedic science often involves clinical placements so you get real-world experience.

The skillset gained, along with the ability to remain calm under pressure, opens doors to various career opportunities. Graduates can go on to roles like paramedics or emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or advance into healthcare leadership positions. Paramedic science is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a fulfilling career on the frontline of medicine and emergency response.

The impact you could make
  • Save lives and make a tangible difference.
  • Contribute to public safety by advocating for measures that enhance community health.
  • Use your skills to minimise the impact of critical injuries and medical conditions.
What you could study
  • Developing clinical practice
  • Introduction to bioscience
  • Trauma and advanced life support
  • Diagnosis and clinical decision-making
  • Ambulance placement
  • Acute and critical illness
  • Community placement
  • Evidence-based practice

Study options

Options to study in this field include:

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Subjects it's useful to have studied first

Some paramedic science courses or apprenticeships will have requirements for previous qualifications in certain subjects. Entry requirements vary, so always check with the provider.

Other sciences
Hard skills you'll develop
  • Assessing and managing traumatic injuries
  • Learn systematic approaches to assess a patient's condition
  • Protocols for responding to mass casualty incidents
  • Communication skills to interact with patients and healthcare professionals
Soft skills you'll develop
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Critical decision-making under pressure
  • Adaptability in changing circumstances

Careers: Where it can take you

Find out more about your career prospects from studying paramedic science. The following information is based on a typical paramedic science professional role.
Available jobs
28,918 vacancies in the past year
6.94% growth over next eight years
Average salary
Up to £68,569

Career options

Public services
Medicine, dentistry, and nursing

What is a… medical simulation instructor?

A paramedic science education can lead to diverse and unexpected settings, such as in a lab as a medical simulation Instructor. These are paramedics with extensive experience who become instructors in medical simulation labs, where they guide healthcare professionals in realistic emergency scenarios to enhance their skills and decision-making.

Getting in: Entry requirements

Find out more about what you'll need to study paramedic science at university or as an apprenticeship.

Average requirements for undergraduate degrees

Entry requirements differ between university and course, but this should give you a guide to what is usually expected from paramedic science applicants.

A levels
Scottish Highers
Other Level 3/Level 6 qualifications (e.g. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma or SQCF Level 6) may be accepted as an alternative

Considering an apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Deadline

    Apprenticeships don't follow the same deadlines as applying to uni, the deadline is down to the employer.
  2. Where to apply

    You apply directly through the employer.
  3. No limits

    You're not restricted to one apprenticeship application; you can do as many as you like.
  4. Apply to university and apprenticeships

    There's nothing stopping you applying to university through UCAS, while also applying for apprenticeship vacancies.
  5. Find out more

    Read our guide to protective services, encompassing paramedic science.

Explore further

Go deeper into topics around paramedic sciences with the following: 

  1. Inside the Ambulance

    A reality series following paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service.
  2. Geeky Medics podcast

    A variety of episodes in lots of different roles in healthcare.
  3. Useful websites

    There are lots of useful websites for those interested in paramedic science such as the Department for Health, the Health and Care Professions Council and the NHS.

Application advice

Whether it's personal statement tips or what to write in a cover letter for an apprenticeship application, our advice will help you get ahead in your paramedic science journey.
Skills, experiences, and interests to mention
  • Do you have a genuine passion for helping people during times of crisis?
  • Talk about any work or volunteer experience in healthcare or emergency services. Can you give examples of situations where you were exposed to medical emergencies?
  • Emphasise your communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Show examples of situations where you remained calm and focused under pressure. Talk about how you handle stress and your capacity to make sound decisions during challenging circumstances.
  • Highlight your empathetic nature and compassion for others. Share experiences where you showed understanding and kindness, especially in situations where someone was vulnerable or in distress.

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