Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care BSc (Hons)

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Equip yourself with the knowledge, skills and values to be a registered paramedic. Study pathophysiology, clinical skills and patient assessment. Start a highly rewarding career in the NHS or the out of hospital care environment.

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This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you require to be a registered paramedic. You will be equipped to meet the challenges of modern paramedic practice, enabling you to deal with unpredictable situations competently and confidently. You will learn potentially lifesaving procedures that will allow you to treat and stabilise patients at the scene of an accident or emergency. 

Key areas of study include anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, law and ethics and management and leadership.

Please note, we are open for applications for September 2020 and April 2021. Applications are closed for April 2020.

Upcoming start dates
27 April 2020
14 September 2020

Why us?

  • Take advantage of the facilities in the new Living Lab, which includes a mock ward, patient diagnostic suite, OSCE suite, dispensing pharmacy and patient home setting
  • Our Patient Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) members actively support our course. You will regularly meet and work with patients and carers who will contribute to your learning and development through assessment and feedback
  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • The course offers opportunities to collaborate in an interprofessional learning capacity with other healthcare courses including nursing, pharmacy, biomedical science, medicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Alongside this we run joint learning events with the local fire and rescue teams as well as regional police teams.
  • You'll use a training ambulance supported with IT connectivity that enables a range of patient journey and care scenarios to be modelled so you can develop your paramedic practice in a realistic setting
  • Gain a nationally and internationally-recognised qualification
  • The University of Sunderland was ranked 12th in the Courses and Lecturers category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019

Course structure

You will be taught by a highly-skilled and motivated team with both clinical and teaching expertise. Evidence-based practice is embedded within the course, which ensures you are taught the most current and up to date skills and knowledge. You will learn through a variety of methods including presentations, seminars, lectures, group work and problem-based learning.

You'll also undertake a wide range of practice placements throughout the North East to enhance your learning which may lead to further employment opportunities.

A strong professional identity and confidence to work with various professional groups is an essential part of the course.

Year 1:

  • Applied Human Sciences in Paramedic Science (20 credits)
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Paramedic Science (20 credits)
  • Emergency Care Skills in Paramedic Science (20 credits)
  • Communication, Empathy and Understanding in Health (20 credits)
  • Foundations of Social and Behavioural Science (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methods for Paramedics (20 credits)
  • Clinical placement (approx 525 hours)

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2:

  • Applied Pathophysiology in Paramedic Science (20 credits)
  • Advanced Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Paramedic Science (20 credits)
  • Advancing Emergency Care Skills in Paramedic Science (20 credits)
  • Specialist Emergency Care Skills in Paramedic Science (40 credits)
  • Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Clinical placement (approx 563 hours)

Year 3:

  • Advanced Paramedic Skills (20 credits)
  • Minor Injuries for Paramedic Practice (20 credits)
  • Contexts of Emergency Care (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Healthcare Practice (20 credits)
  • Paramedic Applied Practice Project (40 credits)
  • Clinical placement (approx 525 hours)
  • The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books in total, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources. As a student, you will have access to a huge range of online databases such as:

    British National Formulary:
    Compiled with the advice of clinical experts, the British National Formulary (BNF) provides up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.

    The British Pharmacopoeia:
    The British Pharmacopoeia (BP) is the authoritative collection of quality standards for UK medicines and is an essential reference for anyone involved in pharmaceutical R&D, manufacture, testing and regulation.

    CINAHL with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 600 journals indexed in CINAHL.

    The Cochrane Library:
    The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

    PubMed Central:
    PubMed Central is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes over 25 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles and includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

    ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters covering physical sciences, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

    Library Services - pharmacy, health and wellbeing
  • This course is based in the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from a multimillion pound investment over the last 5 years. Teaching takes place in multi-media classrooms with state-of-the-art resources for learning.

    The Living Lab boasts the region’s only immersive simulation room allowing participants to experience events in simulated environments. An adjacent task trainer room which can be used flexibly can aid with the development of clinical and non-technical skills. Integral cameras enable participants to view live or recorded footage in our dedicated debrief room. The Lab also has a 7 bedded ward and Point of Care Testing (POCT) facility along with an OSCE suite and seminar rooms.

    The facility currently has 2 SimMan 3Gs, a SimNewB, a SimMom birthing simulator and 2 TraumaFX simbodies. A range of other clinical equipment and part task trainers as well as a pop-up ambulance are available to complement the facilities.

    IT facilities at the University are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    Sciences Complex - Living Lab
  • You will be supported throughout your development with the latest in simulation technology, from the use of high-fidelity manikins, remote video technology and a start of the art simulated ambulance.

    This bespoke ambulance has been designed to not only enable you to experience the day-to-day work of an ambulance paramedic, but is also equipped to include the latest learning and assessment technology.

    This allows your course to be very innovative in its design and delivery, allowing you to undertake clinical simulation in a variety of remote settings throughout the region. 

    Simulation Ambulance
  • You'll have the opportunity to apply your training in a realistic setting with our two advanced simulation technology ‘SimMan’ models. Each of our SimMan mannequins has blood pressure, a pulse and other realistic physiological behaviour. The models can be pre-programmed with various medical scenarios, so you can demonstrate your medical expertise in a realistic yet safe setting.

    Our academic team is actively involved in the innovative programming that allows you to explore consequences of different medical scenarios within a safe, simulated environment and SimMan provides medical students with the closest experience possible to a real-life scenario where they can practise outside of the real-world.

    Simulation Technology
  • Map and directions


This course will be based across our City Campus.

The University campus utilises multi-media classrooms with state-of-the-art resources for learning. 

You will be expected to undertake a variety of clinical placements and work outside normal working hours including weekends. Placements can be anywhere within the North East region including Berwick and North Yorkshire. You will be expected to travel daily or stay in local accommodation for the duration of your placement.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent which should preferably include a health or science-related subject, excluding general studies. We also require at least 5 passes at GCSE grade C or above which must include Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. Science GCSE is not an essential entry requirement.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.

Your completed application form will be reviewed by our Admissions Team to ensure that you have the required entry qualifications. If you meet these requirements, then your application will be individually assessed by the Admissions Tutor and if successful you will be shortlisted for interview.

Care experience

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and have a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.


All applicants must attend an interview as part of the selection process, which includes two group activities and an individual interview. Your values, problem solving and communication skills will be assessed. 

Personal qualities

We select students based on their knowledge, motivation, experience, values and behaviours, not just academic ability.

You need to demonstrate an ability to:

  • study academic subjects at the level of the course
  • debate topics and issues
  • draw on conclusions from written material
  • study independently and as part of a group
  • use computers and technology associated with teaching, learning and assessment
  • interact with patients and colleagues in a caring and compassionate manner
  • demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the course

Fitness to practise

Medical assessments and disclosure of criminal convictions apply to all paramedic courses and are based on current HCPC requirements. Paramedics are registered health care professionals and the ability to practise safely, effectively and professionally is essential, so all applicants will be subjected to fitness to practise procedures.

This means you are required to complete two self-declaration forms, one about your health and the other about your conduct. If you are successful, you will also need to complete these self-declaration forms annually for the duration of the course. UK students are required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

A Fitness to Practise information pack containing the relevant documents will be sent to you once you hold a conditional firm offer with us. These forms are then reviewed alongside your application, and you must meet both the academic and fitness to practise requirements before you will be given an unconditional offer. These checks enable us to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain activities including the paramedic placements. 

Health declarations

You must demonstrate that you are of good health, good character and can satisfactorily pass occupational health screening. The University will, taking into account current HCPC regulations, do all it can to accommodate the needs of candidates who declare a specific learning difficulty, long-term health condition or disability. Please refer to the HEOPS paramedic student standards.


We do not require applicants to hold a driver’s license and/or C1 entitlement on application, however obtaining this will assist with employment opportunities.

If English is not your first language, you need an overall IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in each band.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is £9,250.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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City Campus by night


On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a paramedic. 

Typical starting salaries for paramedics in the NHS range from £21,000 to £26,000. Experienced paramedics who have achieved additional qualifications/skills can earn between £31,000 and £48,000. For those looking to seek exciting paramedic opportunities abroad, some salaries can be up to £100,000.

Career options are also available outside the NHS in out of hospital environments such as off-shore, remote medicine, armed forces or primary care.

Career options

To assist in preparing you for employment as a paramedic, this course:

  • Approved by the HCPC's Education and Training Committee (ETC)
  • Offers a variety of clinical placements to ensure you are exposed to the wider role of the paramedic within the healthcare team, in a wide range of exciting settings
  • Integrates the latest simulation and blended learning technologies in the development of tomorrows paramedic
  • Incorporates a fully-functioning patient pathway experience

Clinical placements

You will undertake a range of practice placements to gain real-life experience and apply your learning to real-life situations which may lead to further employment opportunities.

Your placement may be in an ambulance department, care/residential home, patient transport service, accident and emergency or primary care setting.

Placements are subject to availability and can be anywhere in the North East, from Berwick to North Yorkshire. You will be expected to travel daily or stay in local accommodation for the duration of your placement. You will be responsible for any associated costs including travel and accommodation for the duration of your placements.

Meet the students

  • I enjoy practicing realistic scenarios with all the equipment and assessing real patients.
    Jessica Sparrow Square

    Jessica Sparrow

  • There are state-of-the-art medical facilities such as mock wards and a training ambulance.
    Leanne Whitlock Small

    Leanne Whitlock

Meet the team

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