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.
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.
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.
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.
All applicants must attend an interview as part of the selection process, which includes numeracy and literacy testing. Your values, problem solving and communication skills will also be assessed. The interview panel will include academic staff, clinical staff, patients and their families or carers.
You will be asked to provide a second written reference as part of the interview process. The reference can be from your current employer, character reference (e.g. former employer, colleague, teacher, advisor, etc.) or from a supervisor at a voluntary role. You will be asked to bring this along to your interview.
If you are currently employed in a clinical setting the reference should be from your employer. Please note this must not be the same reference you have submitted as part of your application.
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
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.
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This information was correct at the time of publication.