School of Health Professions

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practitioner

Being a paramedic practitioner is a highly rewarding and stimulating career, with many opportunities to specialise. Following a curriculum that is informed by service users and carers, and focuses on quality patient management, you'll work in the unpredictable environment of pre-hospital healthcare and, as such, you will learn how to be dynamic with your decision-making, aptitude and application of skills.

In the 2018 National Student Survey, 96 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 96 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support; 91 per cent were satisfied overall and 90 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing.*

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Benjamin Watts: 

"Work hard, read lots, and never forget why you want to be a paramedic. Helping people at often the lowest point in their lives is a privilege and the most rewarding feeling; however, sometimes we can become bogged down in the academia of medicine and forget to make human contact with people. Hold a patient’s hand, smile, and when things are going wrong take a deep breath and start with the basics."

Read more from Benjamin in his case study.

Key features

  • Experience placements in emergency departments, minor injury units, paediatrics, cardiology and more.
  • Access our fully equipped clinical skills suites, online resources, excellent library and IT facilities.
  • Benefit from our experienced teaching team's range of academic and clinical areas of special interest and research.
  • Our curriculum focuses on quality patient management.
  • Embrace innovative ways to avoid unnecessary admissions of patients to Emergency Departments following the Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Place by the Right Person initiatives.
  • Develop leadership and management skills.
  • Learn from service users and about carer involvement in teaching during selected modules.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll develop a knowledge base for working in emergency health in the community, learning safe practice, patient assessment and management skills, professional issues, communication abilities and response to major incidents. 
    Core modules
    • PARA101 Foundations of Pre-Hospital Patient Care

      This module provides the introductory knowledge and skills needed to manage a wide range of common presentations found in the pre-hospital environment. It encompasses exploration of clinical conditions associated with the various developmental stages of human life.

    • PARA102 Safe Systems of Work in Clinical Practice

      This module enables students to undertake dynamic risk assessment of incidents occurring in their practice environment and become familiar with strategies to manage identified hazards.

    • PARA104 Practice Education Portfolio 1

      This module will enable the student to develop a portfolio of skills and competencies relevant to first year paramedic practice. There will be opportunities to apply theory, evidence based knowledge and practical ability within placement areas and clinical settings.

    • SOHP401 Preparation for Practice

      This inter-professional module will introduce students to professional practice and the inherent standards expected of them. The characteristics and identity of allied health professionals, as evidence based practitioners, will underpin learning.

    • SOHP402 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

      This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology relevant to professional practice for Paramedics and Operating Department Practitioners.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll learn how to improve decision-making skills, increase understanding of altered anatomy and physiology, pharmacological and medical, trauma and cardiac cases, obstetric, paediatric, and elderly groups for advanced clinical skills of patient management.
    Core modules
    • PARA201 Advanced Patient Care

      This module allows development of the advanced assessment and diagnostic ability needed to manage specific medical and traumatic conditions across all stages of life, from neonate to the elderly. It encompasses the acquisition of extended assessment, interventional and therapeutic practical skills.

    • PARA202 Pharmacology and Medicines Management

      The purpose of the module is for students to be able to relate pharmacology and medicines management to emergency and primary care practice.

    • PARA203 Acute Cardiac Care

      This module introduces the theoretical and practical aspects involved in the management of acute cardiac conditions, incorporating an overview of contemporary out of hospital and in-hospital interventions, electrocardiograph analysis and arrhythmia recognition, use of telemetry equipment and relevant drug therapy.

    • PARA205 Practice Education Portfolio 2

      This module will enable the student to develop a portfolio of skills and competencies relevant to second year paramedic practice. There will be opportunities to apply theory, evidence based knowledge and practical ability within placement areas and clinical settings.

    • SOHP501 Project Studies

      This module develops knowledge and skills related to evidence-based practice and lifelong learning. The content is designed to enable the students to understand different research designs, to evaluate the research literature and to prepare them to undertake research at undergraduate level. Meets all or part of HPC Standards of Proficiency: 2b.1, 3a.

  • Final year
  • In your final year you will develop further knowledge of clinical decision making involving advanced professional issues relating to healthcare practice; gain opportunities to expand your clinical effectiveness by refining your clinical skills, with the incorporation of minor illness and minor injury management; engage in a research project; and prepare for professional practice. An elective component in practice also enables you to explore specialist areas. 

    Core modules
    • PARA301 Refining Practitioner Skills for Patient Care

      This module enables students to develop knowledge and apply the skills and judgements to undertake clinical examination skills to capably manage the patient with a minor injury or illness.

    • PARA302 Clinical Decision Making in Paramedic Practice

      This module will critically explore decision making to prepare the student for Paramedic registration and accountable professional practice.

    • PARA304 Practice Education Portfolio 3 including Elective

      This module will enable the student to develop a portfolio of skills and competencies relevant to third year paramedic practice. There will be opportunities to apply theory, evidence based knowledge and practical ability within placement areas and clinical settings.

    • SOHP601 Project

      Students will undertake and complete a short piece of research developed from the level 5 protocol which involves the collection and interpretation of a small amount of data. Findings will be presented in the format of a professional journal article and conference style presentation.

    • SOHP602 Inter-professional Working in Health and Social Care

      Students will explore, in depth, areas of inter-professional working to include quality enhancement of service provision and the patient experience.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Paramedic Practitioner Programme Specification 4708

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112 - 128

5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider Functional Skills Level 2 (Numeracy) as an equivalent qualification to the GCSE Mathematics qualification. If you do not have this profile please contact the Admissions Team directly on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email: and they will be happy to advise you further.


A levels
3 A Levels/Level 3 qualifications to include Grade B from either Human Biology/Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science. Excluding General Studies

28-30 points overall to includeinclude 5 at Higher level subject - biology/human biology, chemistry, applied science or physics considered. English accepted within - if Advanced Level = 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B) - if Standard Level = 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B) - if overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS at 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Science, Health, Nursing, and Combined Science) with at least 45 credits at Level 3, 30 at Distinction level including 15 Level 3 credits in Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics), a further 15 credits at Level 3 must be at Merit Level.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDD must be health/science related.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • English language requirements

Further information

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) N/A N/A
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Unlike many other health care courses, Plymouth’s BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practitioner course is not funded by the NHS; nor do students receive a bursary. Therefore, if you choose to study with us, you will need to pay your tuition fees alongside all other incidental expenses (including the costs incurred by undertaking clinical placements). As clinical placements are undertaken throughout the South West, you will need to budget for the additional expense of travelling to/from placement. Given the rural nature of the area and the unsociable hours of practice, you will also need to maintain a motor vehicle (including paying for insurance, tax, fuel, servicing, etc). As some placement journeys may require more than a hundred miles of travel, it may also be necessary to pay for additional lodgings whilst on some clinical placements.

It is difficult to give a precise estimate of these costs, due to the geographical spread of placements. However successful applicants should factor in the running costs of a motor vehicle for several thousand miles per year, and bear in mind the possible need for additional accommodation. Despite these costs, clinical placements offer an excellent opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians. These experiences ensure that, upon successful completion of the course, each student is prepared to practise as a paramedic.

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact

If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study there are costs associated with travel and accommodation. Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Peter Allum - Paramedic practitioner lecturer

Students are encouraged to collaborate with staff in their research areas and to co-author national and international journal papers.

Members of the programme team are all involved in research and there is a strong commitment to research informed teaching.

Peter Allum's teaching and research interests

Paramedic Practitioner video

Being a paramedic practitioner is a highly rewarding and stimulating career, with many opportunities to specialise.

Watch Kirstie Brown, Lecturer in Paramedic Practice, tell you about studying Paramedic Practice at Plymouth.

English Language Centre

We offer a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills.

These include pre-sessional academic English courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students along with insessional language classes, tutorials and activities to support students who have English as a second language.

Find out how we can help you reach your potential.


International students

Thinking about coming to study in Plymouth? Find the answers to many of your questions here, as well as links to places where you can discover more.

Find out more about studying in Plymouth

Fee waiver for Kuwait and Lebanon applicants

A £1500 fee waiver will be awarded to international applicants for their first year fees. We will consider entrants in 2018. To be considered, candidates must meet the entry requirements.

These are detailed above in our entry requirements section.

*The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.