What I'll learn
To become a paramedic you’ll need:
- excellent driving skills
- the ability to think and act quickly under pressure
- practical skills and the ability to follow procedures
- excellent communication skills
What you'll do
Most paramedics work for NHS ambulance services. You'll deal with a range of situations, from minor wounds and substance misuse to serious injuries from fires and major road, rail and industrial accidents.
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- checking a patient's condition to decide what action to take
- using electric shock equipment (a defibrillator) to resuscitate patients
- carrying out surgical procedures like inserting a breathing tube
- giving medicines and injections
- dressing wounds and applying supports for broken bones
- delivering babies
- working closely with the police and fire services
Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 37.5 hours a week on shifts, including nights, weekends and bank holidays.
You'll wear a uniform including protective clothing.
You'll work on an ambulance, or as a specialist you may work on your own, using a car, motorbike or bicycle
The job is physically and emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression
With around 3 years’ experience, you could become a team leader or a specialist paramedic or emergency care practitioner.
You could also move into operations management, education and training, research or human resources.
How I'll learn
The course is modular and is taught through a combination of lectures group work and independent learning activities.
The main aim of this course is to prepare students for study at university. Students will receive subject specific study skills preparation, as well as tuition in subjects that are relevant to their chosen degree course.
Once awarded the Paramedics Access to HE, students will be able to start a university degree, provided they have met the entrance criteria for their chosen universities.
How I'll be assessed
Assessment is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).