Paramedic Science

BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: B950

Start dates: September 2024 / September 2025

Full time: 3 years

Location: Headington, Headington (Marston Road site)

Department(s): Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

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Our Paramedic Science course gives you the skills you need to work as a paramedic. Paramedics are registered Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). They care for patients with various healthcare needs in out of hospital settings.

To prepare you for this role, you’ll learn to assess and manage patients with almost any injury and illness. You’ll experience over 2000 hours in clinical practice learning in diverse clinical settings, such as;

  • Ambulance placements
  • Emergency Departments
  • Surgical Decisions Units
  • End of Life Care
  • Airway Management
  • Mental Health Assessment and Management
  • Paediatric specialist facilities.

Our excellent teaching facilities include;

  • dedicated specialist clinical skills suites
  • extensive range of simulation resources/equipment.

We have developed the course in consultation and partnership with healthcare providers including South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our friendly teaching team have extensive Paramedic experience. And you'll be supported by an Academic Advisor and Link Lecturer as well as the Student Paramedic Society.

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Paramedic Science

Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Course Ranking

    We are proud to share that our BSc Paramedic Science course is ranked 2nd in the UK according to the Guardian League Tables '23.

  • Free language courses

    Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

  • Accreditation(s)

    Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council

    • Health and Care Professions Council

Course details

Course structure

Our course provides you with the key knowledge to practice safely and effectively as a paramedic. The curriculum has been designed to provide you with the behaviours, clinical experience, professional values and teaching opportunities of a Modern Paramedic.  

The programme is formed of modules, all of which are compulsory and credit bearing. You’ll experience the following five main learning themes:

  1. The bioscience basis for paramedic practice;
  2. Evidence based practice skills and attributes;
  3. Patient assessment and management development;
  4. Clinical practice experience and development;
  5. Modern Paramedic professional practice skills and attributes. 

As a Student Paramedic you will undertake placements in a variety of ambulance and healthcare settings across the Thames Valley region. The experience of practice integration with theoretical learning is central to your experience studying with us. 


Paramedic Science

Learning and teaching

You will have practical and theory-based modules. We take a research and evidence informed approach to clinical practice. You’ll often reflect on your personal and professional development. 

In health and social care, professional groups work together. You’ll meet students from our wide range of courses, including;

  • health and social care
  • nursing (adult, children's and mental health)
  • midwifery
  • occupational therapy
  • osteopathy, operating department practice
  • physiotherapy
  • social work.

This helps you understand the other professional roles you’ll encounter in practice. We offer you a wide range of learning resources, including;

  • online lectures
  • handouts and information
  • learning exercises.


We will assess you through;

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - practical exams
  • coursework
  • placement hours/competencies
  • presentations
  • online quizzes
  • vivas.

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of Professional Practice

    On this module you will investigate and review relevant literature and research. You’ll look at issues surrounding role expansion in relation to paramedic practice. Also you will explore decision-making processes; that includes

    • socio-economic
    • ethical
    • legal
    • psychological 

    factors that may inform professional judgement. 

    Within this context, you will consider your role parameters and evaluate your effectiveness and decision-making abilities.


  • Fundamentals of Evidence Based Practice

    This module will help you to build your knowledge foundations to be able to review, research and analyse. You will explore decision-making processes considering, for example:

    • socio-economic
    • ethical
    • legal
    • psychological factors 

    that may inform professional judgement. 

    Within this context, you will be encouraged to consider your role parameters and evaluate your effectiveness and decision-making abilities.

  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management

    This module will support you, through sound clinical decision making, to apply fundamental Service User assessment and management strategies in the out of hospital context across a range of urgent and emergency situations.  

    You will develop knowledge and understanding of the delivery of care at an assisted level across the lifespan, considering the complex issues surrounding the delivery of care to service users belonging to vulnerable groups.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics

    On this science-based module you will explore both a systems and regional approach to anatomy and physiology for Paramedics. You will explore major systems of the human body related to clinical practice. Looking at examples of pathology reflecting a lifespan approach throughout the module, you’ll build an understanding of the basic structure and function of the different body systems.


  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Clinical Practice

    This module is your introduction to the clinical and operational environments in which a Paramedic may practice. You will be introduced to fundamental theoretical concepts, equipping you with appropriate knowledge and understanding, which you will consolidate in your supervised clinical practice placements. 

    As a paramedic student, your practice will be evidenced in the Practice Assessment Document, following relevant professional guidelines.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Mental Health: Application to Paramedic Practice

    This module aims to explore mental health across the lifespan and its application to Paramedic practice. 

    The module covers assessment and theoretical perspectives that underpin diagnosis within mental health care, with particular reference to psychosocial and biomedical theories. Paramedic students develop knowledge, understanding and application of core aspects of mental health care including assessment, care planning and intervention across a range of disorders encountered in Paramedic practice.


  • Paramedic Research Methods and Analysis

    This module will enable the student to acquire research related knowledge and skills.  They will have the opportunity to examine the evidence base of practice for current occupational therapy practice. Students will develop their knowledge of the research process, the associated research methods, recruitment, data collection, data analysis as well as the ethical considerations and risk associated with health and social care research. 

    The focus will be on a broad spectrum of research designs and will prepare the student for completing an evidence based research proposal / project in their final year of the BSc (Hons) degree.


  • Developing Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management

    This module aims to enable the student, through sound clinical decision making, to apply service user assessment and management strategies in the out of hospital context across a range of non-urgent, urgent and emergency situations. 

    The focus of the module is to support and facilitate development minimally supervised delivery of care across the life span, taking into account the complex issues surrounding this process to service users belonging to vulnerable groups.


  • Pathophysiology for Paramedics

    This double module explores a range of pathological disease processes of the whole-body system approach throughout the lifespan. It builds on knowledge gained during students Level 4 studies in Anatomy & Physiology - Application to Paramedic Science. 

    Students will have the opportunity to relate information learned from this module to the management of patients in practice with a variety of diseases and disorders.

  • Developing Paramedic Clinical Practice

    This module develops the students supervised workplace experiential learning, building upon leading and assessment achieved in year one. Students will continue to develop as well as demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills at a minimally supervised level, undertaking practice placement across a range of clinical environments under the supervision of an appropriate healthcare professional.

    Alongside practice placement, developing clinical practice for paramedic will include a number of theory-based sessions on campus to further support the student’s development in this year of education. During this module you’ll undertake the following clinical practice experience, which is assessed at a minimal supervised level of practice:

    • 450 Ambulance Service Practice Placement;

    • 225 of non-ambulance practice placement; 

    • 25 hours of simulation-based practice;

    • 50 hours simulation-based practice with module Developing Patient Assessment and Management.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Pharmacology & Medicines Management for Paramedics

    This module focuses on the knowledge, understanding and application of pharmacology and medicines administration from the paramedic perspective. Student learning builds on the knowledge, understanding and practice experience gained through previous year one module on anatomy and physiology and paramedic clinical practice.

  • Applied Practice Education

    This module aims to promote an understanding of education and learning approaches systems that will contribute to paramedic professional development in healthcare settings. 

    Upon completion of this module, students will acquire knowledge and understanding of preferences possessed by learners and others in the practice education environment. Additionally, they will be able to plan and facilitate learning events to meet the needs of learners, applying diverse and innovative educational approaches.


  • Enhanced Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management

    This Enhanced Patient Assessment & Management Module will consolidate student’s prior knowledge and understanding of professional practice acquired at Level’s four and five. 

    Throughout the module students will be introduced to relevant theoretical assessment and management concepts, with a focus upon urgent and unscheduled healthcare presentations. This will equip them with knowledge and understanding consummate with Level 6 Student Paramedic Practice and transition to professional registration as determined by relevant scopes of practice.


  • Enhanced Paramedic Clinical Practice

    This module will enhance students’ knowledge and skills within clinical and operational environments in which a Paramedic may practice. Throughout the module students will enhance their theoretical concepts, equipping them with appropriate knowledge and understanding, which they will consolidate in a range of supervised clinical practice placements. 

    All practice undertaken by student paramedics will be evidenced in the Practice Assessment Document and will follow relevant professional guidelines. During this module you’ll undertake the following clinical practice experience, which is assessed at an independently level of practice:

    • 450 Ambulance Service Practice Placement;

    • 225 hours of non-ambulance practice placement;

    • 25 hours of simulation-based practice; 

    • 25 hours simulation-based practice with module Enhanced Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management.

  • Paramedic Science Dissertation

    The dissertation provides an opportunity to investigate a subject of individual interest.  You will follow a research question employing a literature review methodology and demonstrate ability to search for relevant research, analyse and critically evaluate evidence and to present findings.

    This is an honours level double module which is completed by the middle of the final semester. It will help you to bring together the academic skills that you have gained through all the preceding theory and practice modules of the paramedic programme.


Work placements

Compulsory modules

  • Work placements

    Clinical practice experience is an important part of your programme of study, developing the behaviours and skills required to practise as a modern paramedic. There are 750 hours of practice education placements each year, where you’ll always practise as a supernumerary Student Paramedic. 

    The planning and organisation of these clinical placements allows your learning to integrate theory and clinical practice. A structure of development allows your experience to build upon ‘Fundamentals’ which are introduced in Year One, ‘Developing’ in Year Two, and ‘Enhanced’ in Year Three.   

    You’ll experience placement including operational experience with SCAS to learn safe and effective practice in this setting. You will also gain experience in other health, social and care settings.

    More information is available about placement locations, allocation, quality assurance and reasonable adjustments on the Practice Education site.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


The range of career opportunities is very wide and the BSc (Hons) degree will underpin your development.

Paramedics work in a variety of healthcare settings and specific pathways of specialism are developing(e.g in clinical practice, research, education and management). This is linked to career opportunities as a Specialist, Advanced and Consultant level practice in paramedic practice. 

There are opportunities to work in providing urgent and emergency care, critical care, forensic medicine, remote medicine and education. Many of these opportunities are available in NHS Ambulance Trusts, where many of our graduates work, but can also be found in other NHS/alternative organisations.

Professional accreditation

Please note that Health and Care Professional Council's approval is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

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Entry requirements

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

International full time

Home (UK) full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

International full time

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

All eligible Paramedic Science students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.


You will be required to undertake clinical placements spent in a variety of settings across the Thames Valley region. You will need a car to travel to these settings and transport allowances will not be provided.

You will need to purchase a stethoscope suitable for practice and clinical assessment and examination of patients. You will also need a copy of the National Clinical Guidelines and associated pocket book. Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.