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Paramedics Access to HE

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If you want a career under the blues and twos, you'll need your wits about you in this ever-changing role.

The Paramedics Access to HE Diploma programme is one year in duration. Upon successful completion you will be awarded a diploma that will gain you entry to degree level study at a choice of most UK universities. 

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%).

 

Entry Requirements

The Access to HE Paramedic course will help you access a degree in paramedic science or paramedic practice.

To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications.

However, applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. You are required to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if your level of literacy and numeracy is sufficiently high to cope with a Level 3 course. The outcome of this might be that an applicant is advised to complete maths and/or English at GCSE before being considered for the Access course.

On the other hand, if an applicant scores well on the initial test, it is possible to do maths and/ or English alongside the Access diploma, but please note that this is a substantial workload.

 

How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.)

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.