I have really enjoyed spending so much time on ambulance and specialist placements, such as airway management in theatres, maternity and paediatrics.


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    Be the first on the scene to assess, treat and refer patients in an emergency. Every day is different in this exciting and challenging role.

    Our Paramedic Science course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an autonomous, effective and safe paramedic. Clinical education is central to paramedic science. Around 50% of your time will be in both ambulance and non-ambulance practice settings to help you develop in your profession and apply theory to current practice.

    Once successfully completed, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.

    Why Study Paramedic Science?

    You'll be immersed in paramedic science right through the course and supported by academics and professionals with vast experience. From developing your practical skills in our clinical simulation suites to being the first on the scene and assessing a patient's conditions, you'll be exposed to many different situations and will care for people in emergency and non-emergency situations.

    We have strong working links with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), and you'll be spending most of your placement time working with professionals in this Trust. You'll also undertake some of your placement time working in the community, GP Practices and secondary care, so you are exposed to the whole patient journey.

    Our course reflects the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual. It focuses on contemporary paramedic science practice and paramedics' highly responsible role when assessing and treating patients.

      All about the course

      During the course, you'll develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges in paramedic practice through academic and practical learning.

      You will explore areas including:

      • evidence-based practice
      • decision-making skills
      • clinical skills
      • urgent care
      • emergency care
      • leadership and management.

      Each year will include academic and professional development and opportunities to embrace and capture your interprofessional experiences and interactions with other health professionals to help you understand your role and work in the context of an integrated emergency care team.

      You'll learn how to care for patients with acute and chronic medical conditions and those with minor and major injuries.

      You'll be supported in your academic work by experienced staff, while on placement time, you'll be working under direct supervision alongside qualified practitioners. This combination will help you develop your knowledge and skills and build an understanding of the patient's journey and the work of others in their care.

      Entry requirements

      Mathematics and English language at GCSE grade C or above. (We also accept 

      Qualification type


      A Levels BBC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits 
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 112 UCAS points

      Mathematics and English language at GCSE grade C/4 or above.

      Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Health clearance will include vaccinations for NHS placements, and evidence of vaccination status may be required by placement providers or the university.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through lectures, seminars and practical workshops that include simulation, and you'll be putting all your theory and skills into practice while on clinical placements.

      Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and understand topics covered in lectures. In addition, you'll meet with your personal academic tutor regularly to ensure you are progressing and on track to meet your full potential.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022

      You will continue learning through self-study when not attending lectures, seminars, workshops, or other timetabled sessions. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, researching the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and activities to complete before class.

      The team consists of highly qualified paramedics/academics, and we link with other HCPC and NMC registered staff to ensure access to specialists within the different professional groups.

      The teaching team has a range of expertise and experience, with all staff holding or working towards a formal teaching qualification. Staff are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

      A typical week in University may range from two to four contact days depending on the number of modules that you're covering at that time.

      This is a full-time course, and therefore each week, you are expected to complete approximately 37.5 hours of learning. The overall workload can be demanding, and good time management and commitment are essential.

      Owing to the varied nature of placements and specialist settings, you may need to travel to and from placements. These are mainly within Kent, Medway and East Sussex and London.

      You will spend over 1500 hours in placements over the three-year course. We have autonomous shift booking, allowing flexibility to fit your other commitments. However, you may be required to attend at shift times during your placements, just like when you enter employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activities in your placements. Shift work includes weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

      The last placement in the final year of the course is elective, so you can arrange work in the UK or abroad in negotiation with the course team.

      Paramedic Science is about providing you with the skills and knowledge to provide urgent and emergency care to patients and developing you into a competent and confident clinician.

      Julie WeirCourse Director, Paramedic Science

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module typically contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Practice placement assessments are undertaken with the support and supervision of practice assessors. All summative placement assessments must be passed to complete the course.

      You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all theoretical modules undertaken each year. Progression into subsequent years of the course cannot be undertaken until all academic and practical elements are achieved.

      Your future career

      Upon successfully completing your degree, you will be a safe and competent paramedic able to work alone or as part of a team, applying your professional judgement and being accountable for your decisions.

      A wide range of career opportunities are available following registration, for example, specialist clinical practice in critical care or urgent care, management, education or research. Additionally, on successful completion of the course, there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress to postgraduate study to extend your abilities in paramedic science or research through a Masters in Research or Doctoral degree.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Further entry requirements

      Candidates must demonstrate a good understanding of the profession preferably through relevant experience. Student recruitment is undertaken by means of a Values Based Recruitment approach which is aligned with the values and behaviours expected by the NHS Constitution.

      Industry links

      Our close work with South East Coast Ambulance Service allows our students to experience the work of paramedics and specialist paramedics who work out of Make-ready Centres, an initiative led by SECAmb. Alternative placement experiences within the primary, community and secondary sector are accessed through our partnerships with West Kent, East Kent and Medway Foundation Trusts.

      Professional accreditation

      The programme is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is subject to ongoing monitoring. On completion of the programme and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

      To be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

      Health Foundation Year

      For candidates who have been successful at interview, but who are unable to subsequently meet the wider entry requirements, we may be able to offer you a four-year course which includes a foundation year.

      The Health Foundation Year will prepare you for future study and will be the first year of a four-year degree, and if successfully completed, you will be able to progress on to your chosen degree.

      Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

      Find out more about the Professional Foundation Year

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