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).

Paramedic Science students in a practical learning session

Entry criteria: 2019


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 Grade 4 / C or above
Subjects A minimum of five subjects to include: English Language, Maths, Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science.
Additional requirements
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

A Level
Grades BCC
Subjects Including one science subject. General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted. Science subjects that can be considered: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology and Sociology
Additional requirements
A Levels must be completed within two years.
International Baccalaureate
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).
Access Diploma
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
Applicants are now required to sit separate GCSEs in English and Maths in conjunction with the Access course, if not previously achieved to the required standard.

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.

Other qualifications
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

Pre-2017: Merit

Post-2017: Minimum of 60%

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.

English language

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 6 (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)*
Additional requirements
*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.

Read more about DBS checks.

Professional registration

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: Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:26