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.
- A levels with one in a science subject
Vocational routeLevel 3 vocational course in science or health and social care
- Paramedic course
- OR a degree in paramedic science
- Advanced driving qualification