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Paramedic Science

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: B951
Placement: Placement year available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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This honours degree has been developed in collaboration with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and develops autonomous healthcare professionals with eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Paramedic.

This four-year sandwich degree programme is unique in the UK by virtue of the salaried sandwich year with Yorkshire Ambulance Service. You will learn the fundamentals of paramedic theory and practice in both university and ambulance service teaching facilities. You will also gain learning experiences under the direct supervision of mentors in ambulance service clinical practice placements, as well as other selected clinical practice areas.

The programme includes:

  • A paid sandwich year with the ambulance service providing a unique opportunity to gain work experience
  • Clinical placements with a wide range of healthcare providers
  • Innovative curriculum using problem-based learning
  • Clear focus on patient safety
  • Clear focus on managing the needs of aging populations, with taught content from leading dementia researchers
  • Extensive use of high fidelity simulation to develop core skills and behaviours

The role of the Paramedic

The Paramedic is an essential part of the current and future NHS workforce.

Paramedics have traditionally responded to 999 emergencies, but increasing demand for services has seen innovative ways of working across the emergency care system emerge, with Paramedics working in a range of environments.

To cope with these demands, the Paramedic needs to manage an increasingly diverse range of situations. On this programme you will learn how to manage undifferentiated patients, take medical histories, perform physical examinations, request and interpret tests, diagnose injury and illness, provide appropriate treatment and management, and counsel on preventative healthcare.

Our unique sandwich degree offers you the chance to gain valuable real-world clinical experience and develop specialisms, providing opportunities for accelerated career progression and diversity within the ambulance service.


"It was the unique placement year that Bradford offers that really swung it for me, the course looked great and the staff were enthusiastic about it too. Getting out in the dual crew ambulance is by far the best part of the course. That's what you join up to do, responding to emergencies and making a tangible difference to people's lives."

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Why Bradford?

This programme has been designed in collaboration with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). It is currently unique in the UK by virtue of the salaried sandwich year with YAS, undertaken upon successful completion of stage two.

It is designed to develop healthcare professionals with the necessary specialist skills (gained in stage four) to allow for accelerated career progression.

This BSc (Hons) programme aligns to the College of Paramedics career framework and gives the option to undertake clinically focused modules which meet the specification for the role of ‘Specialist Paramedic’. Other specialist modules allow students to focus on other clinical specialities, such as critical care, cardiology, paediatric care, etc. Further options exist to focus study into research, education or leadership and management. All of which are aligned to the professional body framework for specialist practice routes and the needs of employers in the UK.

Bradford is a vibrant city with a varied mixture of urban areas with swathes of countryside within close proximity. As a paramedic this provides a unique opportunity for a broad range of clinical experience which more traditionally urbanised universities cannot match. Bradford is an inexpensive city to live as a student and has a thriving multi-cultural social scene.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

You will need a full clean driving licence, which must remain so for the duration of the programme. You will also need to have the right to work in the UK to be able to start the course.

Driving Licence requirements:

All applicants require a full, clean UK driving licence with at least provisional C1 entitlement at point of entry onto the programme. Licences with any endorsements will not be accepted. You will be required to pass the C1 test by the end of academic year 2. This qualification can facilitated by Yorkshire Ambulance Service during years 1 or 2 of the programme, however there is an additional cost associated with this which will be borne by you. Without this qualification you will be unable to progress further on the programme.

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to maintain a full, clean UK driving licence throughout the duration of the programme, and that failure to do so may prevent you from completing the sandwich year and therefore you may be unable to progress further on the programme.

A levels:

128 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels to include at least one science subject.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Health or Science subject required.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science — at least 12 credits in Science must be at minimum grade Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

GCSEs with grade C or grade 4 to include English Language, Mathematics, and a science. Level 2 equivalencies are accepted.

Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Level 2 equivalences are accepted in place of GCSE English language and mathematics.

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Year 1

  • Introducing Paramedic Science (60 credits)
  • Paramedic Professional Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Paramedic Professional Practice 2 (30 credits)

Year 2

  • Developing Paramedic Science (60 credits)
  • Paramedic Professional Practice 3 Core (30 credits)
  • Paramedic Professional Practice 4 Core (30 credits)

Year 3

  • Placement Year

Year 4

  • Integrating Paramedic Science and Practice (60 credits)

Plus two 30 credit modules from the following options:

  • Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making Skills
  • Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Acute and Long Term Conditions
  • Evidence Based Diabetes Care
  • Adult Cardiology Examination and Assessment
  • Support for Learning in Practice
  • Approaches to Dementia

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

During the first two years of the programme you will develop the essential clinical skills which are aligned to the role of 'Emergency Medical Technician II', including advanced driving techniques.

At the end of year two of the programme you will apply to undertake a paid sandwich year, during which time you are employed by YAS in the role of 'Emergency Medical Technician II'. This will be a full time temporary contract and you will be paid in line with the agreed Agenda for Change (AFC) pay scales, according to Annexe U. This year is credit bearing and is a required element of the programme assessed on a pass/fail basis; however it does not contribute towards your degree classification.

In the final year of the programme you will return to university and ambulance service teaching facilities based teaching, and will deepen your knowledge and skills to become competent to undertake autonomous paramedic practice at the point of registration. Again you will undertake clinical practice placements under the direct supervision of mentors. During this final stage you will also undertake optional modules drawn from the Faculty's existing CPD catalogue, allowing specialisation in clinical practice, education, management or research.

Mode of delivery — Problem based learning, high fidelity clinical skills simulation, integrated practice placements and a sandwich year professional placement.

Learning outcomes — Mapped against the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards of proficiency for paramedics (HCPC 2014) as well as the College of Paramedics curriculum guidance (CoP 2015) and the QAA benchmark statement for paramedic science (QAA 2004).

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a paramedic. This enables them to seek employment in UK ambulance services as well as a range of other clinical specialities.

Those graduates who successfully complete optional specialist clinical modules will be eligible to apply for ‘Specialist Paramedic’ roles which attract an enhanced salary. Career opportunities in research, education and leadership and management exist within the ambulance services and the higher education sectors.

Our entry tariff is high. We seek to attract high quality candidates, and in return our programme offers unrivalled opportunities for rapid career progression in the fields of paramedic and pre-hospital care. This provides a real alternative to other healthcare careers such as medicine, nursing, midwifery or other allied health pathways.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year
  • Home/EU Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £925

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.