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 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.

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3 years
(with placements)
Course type
Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Plymouth

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 focusses 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.

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. You will complete 851 hours of clinical placement time around the South West.
    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.

    • SOHP102 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

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

    • PARA103 Practice Portfolio 1

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

    • SOHP101 Preparation for Practice

      This inter-professional module will introduce you to professional practice and the inherent standards expected of you. The characteristics and identity of allied health professionals, as evidence based practitioners, will underpin learning ‘with’ and ‘from’ one another. Working together you will develop your understanding of professional standards for conduct and ethics, and knowledge of the key principles to support practice grounded in evidence. You will explore communication and interpersonal skills to support shared decision making, and learn the skills of reflective practice. As a student you will actively engage in debate, discussion, small group presentations, self- guided study and other group-led activities.

    • 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.

  • 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. Complete 888 hours of clinical placement time around the South West.
    Core modules
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • PARA204 Practice Portfolio 2

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

    • SOHP201 Project Studies 1

      This module enables the student to develop a sound understanding of research terminology, methods, and principles. It 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.

  • 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. You’ll complete 851 hours of clinical placement time around the South West.

    Core modules
    • 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.

    • PARA303 Practice Portfolio 3 including Elective

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

    • SOHP302 Preparation for Professional Practice

    • SOHP301 Project

    • 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.

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

5 GCSE’s grade C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.


UCAS tariff
300 points – 160 points from 2 A Levels and a minimum of 80 points from Biology/Chemistry or Physics.

27 points (with a minimum of 13 at Higher Level) Biology profile preferred.

45 L3 credits of which 33 must be at merit or distinction level. This must include 15 level 3 credits from Biology/combined science at merit or distinction level. Health / Science preferred. Must have GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths or be taking them. 

Diploma DDM – must be Science profile.

Extended Science: 65 per cent at first attempt. Must apply direct to Plymouth University by 15 January.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics.
  • 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. 
  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
  • TOEFL 'internet-based' test (ibt) - 100.
  • TOEFL Paper test - 600.
  • 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

Due to the professional nature of this course we are unable to accept applications for deferred entry.

Fees & funding

For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Unlike many other health care programmes, 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 programme, each student is prepared to practise as a paramedic.

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Student insight - Amy Hayter

The clinical placements on offer are highly relevant to the Paramedic role as they complement and build on the main Paramedic skills learnt at university.

"My favourite placement, other than front line ambulance so far, was in my first year where I was based at an emergency department for two weeks."

Amy tells us more

Student insight - Joshua Guinane

I chose to enrol on the course due to the close working relationship the University has with the local ambulance service.

"I figured this would give me ample opportunity to work and learn closely alongside some of the best ambulance staff in the country".

Josh tells us more

Peter Allum - Paramedic Practitioner Programme Lead

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