You must meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded within the last five years (including year of application).
Citizens of the UK, EU or EEA or those with indefinite leave to remain can apply for this course.
GCSEs or EU/International equivalent
|Grades||A* to C|
|Subjects||A minimum of five subjects to include: English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Double Award Science.|
|If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs, we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage. However, we are unable to accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.
You will need to provide details of your full academic study prior to your current course, including certificates.
A Levels or equivalent
|Subjects||One science subject, excluding Sociology.
General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted.
Science subjects that can be considered:
Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics and Psychology.
|A Levels must be completed within two years. Modular resits will be considered.|
|Award||Full award diploma|
|Scores||544 at Higher Level (HL).
444 at Standard Level (SL).
|Subjects||Biology or Chemistry (Score 5 at HL).
Mathematics and English Language (at SL).
|Award||Full award diploma (science related diploma)|
|Scores||60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)|
|Grades||30 pure science related credits graded at Distinction or Merit
Overall 18 credits must be graded at Distinction and 27 credits at Merit.
|Subjects||Pure science includes Biology and Mathematics related credits, excluding Sociology.|
|Additional credits||Any other Level 3 credits outside the 60 credits diploma will not be accepted.|
GCSE English Language and Mathematics
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are able to meet our academic criteria as stated above before making an application. Applicants should check with their college to ensure that they are able to meet the academic conditions stated above. Students studying the Access course should provide a detailed transcript. Elements included in the diploma should be clearly indicated and marked as pass, merit or distinction.
The Access course must be completed within the last 4 years.
|14-19 Diploma||Overall grade C in one of the following lines of learning, with an additional A2 Level in a science subject at grade C: Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering or Health, Society and Development.|
|Advanced GNVQ||AGNVQ Science at Distinction and Human Biology at A Level with a minimum grade B.|
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||Grades: DMM (Distinction, merit, merit)
Subject: Science or healthcare-related subject.
|BTEC Level 3 Diploma||Grades: DM (Distinction, merit) with a science A Level
Subject: Healthcare-related subject and supplemented with an additional science A Level.
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Six subjects at Higher Level, including 1 science at C1 or above.
English, Maths and Biology at Ordinary Level at C3 or above.
|Open University||90 units at level 1 and 2.
Level 1: Exploring Science module, 60 units.
Level 2: Any other science, social science or healthcare based module, 30 units.
If you do not have Maths GCSE A* to C, you will need to complete the Discovering Mathematics module, 30 units.
All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry.
|University of East Anglia||Certificate of Higher Education in Emergency Medical Care, two years, 120 credits.|
|Birkbeck College Certificate of Life Science||Merit.|
|Undergraduate science or health-related degree (Accelerated entry candidates only)||2:2 honors degree awarded in the past five years.
Please note, places are limited and dependent upon availability in the Ambulance Trust.
|If English is not your first language and you have not sat an GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below. The test is valid for a period of two years.|
|GCSE / IGCSE||English Language grade B or above.|
|IELTS||(International English Language Testing System)
7.0 overall (including 7.0 in written element, and no section less than 6.5)*
|Pearson's test||67 overall (including 67 in written element, and no section less than 61)*|
|*Applicants who have sat the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.|
Non academic criteria
|Work experience||Work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field and an ability to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of Paramedic Science. For further information about work experience, please visit Taste of Medicine (Experience It section).|
|Personal Statement||Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the paramedic sciences, and an awareness of and interest in the potential career opportunities|
|Health and Police screening||Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.|
|Driving Licence||As a registered paramedic you are not required to hold a driving licence. However, it will be easier to secure a job when you graduate if you do have a current driving license with no more than three points on it.|
|Professional registration||If you belong to a registered professional body please provide details at interview.|
Voluntary and work experience
You should have work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field and be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of paramedic science. We consider anything that involves working directly with patients or people in need of care as relevant. Although clinical experience is useful, your work experience does not have to take place in a hospital. It can be paid or voluntary. We prefer hands-on work experience to shadowing. Working in a care home, hospice or doing community work with disabled adults or children are considered very relevant.
We do not specify a minimum amount of work experience and although you can use experiences from your past we always recommend that you include your most recent experience.
Health and police screening
Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.
All candidates will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, so please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six-month period. If you firmly accept an offer you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B.
This course includes working with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants must have enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this will be sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.
If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If you have had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 09:42