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 completed within the previous five years, including the 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.


Grades Grade 4 / C or above
Subjects Five subjects must include English Language, Maths, Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science.
Additional information
We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels 

Grades BCC
Subjects A level: three subjects, including one science.
General studies and level 3 Key skills not accepted.
Additional information

A Levels must be completed within two years.

Accepted science subjects include: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology and Sociology

International Baccalaureate

Award Full Award Diploma
Scores 5, 4, 4 at Higher Level and 4, 4, 4 at Standard Level. 
Subjects 5 in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level, and Mathematics and English Language to Standard Level.

Access Diploma

Award Full Award 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-credit diploma will not be accepted.
Additional information
You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN).

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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM
Subject: Science or healthcare-related subject.
BTEC Extended Certificate or BTEC Diploma DM 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 honours degree awarded in the past five years.
Please note, places are limited and dependent upon availability in the Ambulance Trust.
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English language

GCSE / IGCSE English Language Grade 6 / B or above.


(International English Language Testing System)

7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and  component and a minimum score of 6.5 in the Speaking, Reading and Listening component)

You can take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year, and your test results are valid for two years.

Pearson's Test

Overall score of 67 (with at least 67 in Writing and at least 61 in your other 3 components).

Non-academic criteria

Work experience Work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field; able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of paramedic science. For further information about work experience please see the 'Experience It' section of our Taste of Medicine programme.
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 an 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 before 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 a 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 six months. 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, therefore 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: Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:35