Paramedic

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Paramedics treat medical emergencies.
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What does a paramedic do?

Paramedics treat medical emergencies. You’ll often be the first medical staff on scene. You could be part of a crew in an ambulance, part of a rapid response team in a car, or on a motorcycle. With advanced training, you could be part of an air ambulance crew in a helicopter. As a paramedic, you’ll need excellent driving skills. You’ll be dealing with a variety of patients with a range of illnesses and injuries so you’ll need excellent communication skills.

What do I need to do to become a paramedic?

Paramedics need to complete a foundation degree, diploma of higher education (DipHE) or degree in paramedic science, or get on a student paramedic course at an ambulance service trust. An advanced driving qualification is highly desirable, though many ambulance trusts will provide training in this area.

To do a paramedic science degree, you will usually need five GCSEs (A-C) including maths, English and science, plus at least two A levels with one in a science subject.  

Alternatively, a level 3 vocational course in science or health and social care may be accepted – check with universities. 


Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Physical fitness
  • Patience
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Discipline
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal skills

Academic route

  • A levels with one in a science subject

Vocational route

Level 3 vocational course in science or health and social care

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Essential qualifications

  • Paramedic course
  • OR a degree in paramedic science

Desirable qualifications

  • Advanced driving qualification

Where could I be working?

You could be working indoors and outdoors, for a large company.

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