Health Sciences

BSc PARAMEDIC SCIENCE

Key details 

BSC PARAMEDIC SCIENCE

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
B780
Entry Requirements
ABB (specific subject requirements apply)
Duration (years)
3

Assessment for Year 1

Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, ensuring your learning and development are on track. We have a range of assessment methods, all of which are designed to support your learning, while preparing you for your future as a paramedic. 

There will of course be essays and exams, but you’ll also put together portfolios of your own evidence, demonstrating your skills in simulation-based assessments. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Assessment for Year 2

Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, ensuring your learning and development are on track. We have a range of assessment methods, all of which are designed to support your learning, while preparing you for your future as a paramedic. 

There will of course be essays and exams, but you’ll also put together portfolios of your own evidence, demonstrating your skills in simulation-based assessments. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Assessment for Year 3

Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, ensuring your learning and development are on track. We have a range of assessment methods, all of which are designed to support your learning, while preparing you for your future as a paramedic. 

There will of course be essays and exams, but you’ll also put together portfolios of your own evidence, demonstrating your skills in simulation-based assessments. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Assessment for Year 1

Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, ensuring your learning and development are on track. We have a range of assessment methods, all of which are designed to support your learning, while preparing you for your future as a paramedic. 

There will of course be essays and exams, but you’ll also put together portfolios of your own evidence, demonstrating your skills in simulation-based assessments. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Assessment for Year 2

Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, ensuring your learning and development are on track. We have a range of assessment methods, all of which are designed to support your learning, while preparing you for your future as a paramedic. 

There will of course be essays and exams, but you’ll also put together portfolios of your own evidence, demonstrating your skills in simulation-based assessments. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Assessment for Year 3

Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, ensuring your learning and development are on track. We have a range of assessment methods, all of which are designed to support your learning, while preparing you for your future as a paramedic. 

There will of course be essays and exams, but you’ll also put together portfolios of your own evidence, demonstrating your skills in simulation-based assessments. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

ABB (or BBB with an A in the Extended Project) including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry. Science A Levels must include a pass in the practical element.

BTEC

DDM – see below for accepted subjects

Access course

Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject, including 12 credits in Biology or Chemistry

International Baccalaureate

32 with HL 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Sports, Exercise & Health Science

Additional entry requirements

2.1 (or 2.2 with BBB at A Level), in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry.

Alternative subjects considered alongside grade B in A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry.

DDM required in one of the following subjects:

Applied Human Biology (BTEC Extended Diploma) – must include one of the following units:

  • Functional Physiology
  • Diseases, Disorders, Treatments and Therapies’.

Applied Science (BTEC Extended Diploma in Biomedical or Analytical & Forensic Science or Physical Science)  must include two of the following units:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation & Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules & Metabolic Pathways

Applied Science (OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma)

Forensic and Criminal Investigation (BTEC Extended Diploma) – must include both of the following units:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Forensic Genetics

Health and Social Care (BTEC Extended Diploma) – must include both of the following units:

  • Nutritional Health/Nutrition for Health
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care (with minimum grade D)/The Impact of Long-term Physiological Conditions (with minimum grade D)

Sports Coaching and Development (BTEC Extended Diploma 2019 suite) – must include both of the following units:

  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
  • Sporting Injuries

Sport: Development, Coaching and Fitness (BTEC Extended Diploma 2010 suite) – must include both of the following units:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Exercise, Health & Lifestyle

Sporting Excellence and Performance (BTEC Extended Diploma 2019 suite) 

Sport: Performance and Excellence (BTEC Extended Diploma 2010 suite) – must include both of the following units:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Exercise, Health & Lifestyle

Sport and Outdoor Activities (BTEC Extended Diploma 2019 suite) – must include both of the following units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Sporting Injuries

Sport: Outdoor Adventure (BTEC Extended Diploma 2010 suite) – must include two of the following units:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise, Health & Lifestyle

Sport and Physical Activity (OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma) – must include both of the following units:

  • Biomechanics and Movement Analysis
  • Physical Activity for Specific Groups

Please note that where A Levels and BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 qualifications are taken in combination to make up 3 grades, an A Level in Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or PE will be required and BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 qualifications can be in any Health, Care or Science subject. Email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you need clarification or to check grade requirements.

60% in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry, plus BBB at A Level

60% in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry.

Alternative subjects considered alongside grade B in A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry.

75% including Biology or Chemistry at grade 7

60% in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry.

Alternative subjects considered alongside grade B in A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry.

65% or above in a Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry, plus BBB at A Level
3 subjects at H2 and 3 subjects at H3, including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
60 credits at 60% or above, in Biology, Human Biology, or Chemistry
BBC including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
AAABB including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
Not accepted for 2022 entry
Grade B in Medical Science accepted in lieu of A Level Biology/Chemistry/PE only

We recognise that some students take a mixture of qualifications. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry to this degree programme, or for any advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course.

Please note that we do not consider A Levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We’ll also be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health-based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved. 

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to all other specified requirements, you’ll need to hold or be working towards 5 GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4, including Mathematics and English Language.

RECENT STUDY 

We would prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. If you hold qualifications that meet the entry requirements above, but your last qualification will have been completed more than 5 years ago by the time the the course starts, please email admissions@uea.ac.uk to enquire further.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening) at the level of IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component). Review our English Language Equivalences for a list of example qualifications that we can accept to meet this requirement.

INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

Academic English at INTO UEA

Interviews

The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

Interview invitations will be sent by email. Please keep a close eye on all emails from UEA after you submit your UCAS application.

All interviews for entry in 2022 will take place online with an academic staff member from the School of Health Sciences, and may also include either a clinician from the profession you are applying for, a health service user or a 3rd year student from the course. The interview will last about 30-40 minutes. For a little bit more information on the interview process, view our Plan Your Visit page and navigate to 'Health Sciences Interviews'. 

Note that we do not disclose interview questions, but in general terms the interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have an interest in people and a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in healthcare).

We are aware that it is a difficult time to try to gain relevant experience in healthcare. First time applicants to Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions will all be in a similar situation. We will take this into account and will adapt our expectations.
 
Keep in mind that clinical work experience is not generally a requirement for applying to train in healthcare, but it is important to show that you are able to work with people and appreciate the health and social care setting. It is important to remember why we look for work experience in an application; this in turn can help you think of the numerous ways that you might be able to demonstrate how you have acquired relevant experience.
 
We will want to see that you understand what a career in Health involves. Work experience, and other related experiences, are only as valuable as the way you talk about them and what understanding you take from them. While we will expect you to show some understanding of what it is like to be the professional of your choice, part of this involves demonstrating that you know what it is like to work in a responsible role, particularly with the public.

Any activity or life experience that helps you to prepare for training to be a healthcare professional will help. This means any activity that allows you to demonstrate that you have:

  • Had people-focused experience of providing a service, care, support or help to others, and that you understand the realities of working in a caring profession.
  • Developed some of the values, attitudes and behaviours essential to being a Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health professional such as conscientiousness, effective communication and the ability to interact with a wide variety of people. The values that we are looking for are set out in the NHS Constitution.
  • A realistic understanding of Health and Social Care and in particular the physical, organisational and emotional demands of the career.
Keep a reflective diary on what is happening in the news and online. Listen to what healthcare professionals have to say and reflect on this. All healthcare professionals can be a valuable source of information and experience, not just those that work in the specific profession that you are applying for. Demonstrating that you have a sense of all healthcare professions (and how they work together) will help you in both your personal statement and interview.
 
Volunteer in your spare time if you can, all forms of voluntary work can provide helpful work experience. Whilst volunteer work in the NHS might be disrupted at this time, other schemes may still be in operation and worth exploring i.e. working with other people in a caring or service role. Voluntary commitments to community groups (for example groups related to the work of churches, mosques and temples, or other groups such as Scouts or Guides) and online community support groups may also provide valuable experience of taking on responsibility, dealing with people and communicating effectively. It is likely that these sorts of volunteering opportunities will start to run again before healthcare related opportunities are available.
 
Remember: it is what you learn about yourself, about other people and about how effective care is delivered and received that counts. What you did is only a small part of the story; it is how you communicate what you learnt which matters.

 

PROGRAMME CONDITIONS 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a successful interview, a satisfactory occupational health check (including evidence of appropriate immunisations), an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

PLACEMENTS 

During the course, approximately 50% of your time will be spent on practice placement. The placement environments include hospitals, ambulance services, community services, general practice, social services and voluntary or private organisations. Placement allocation occurs throughout the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. You’ll be required to travel both to and from your placement areas, and the responsibility and funding for this travel will rest with you.

You’ll be expected to work at a range of times to ensure exposure to the full 24 hour and 7 day week nature of healthcare, and this may include weekends, evening and nights. The start and finish times of these shifts will prove challenging if you are dependent on public transport. For health and safety reasons, where the travel time to the placement area exceeds 45 minutes according to Google maps, you must make alternative arrangements for local accommodation.

As this course includes patient facing placements in health or social care settings, and these are a mandatory component of the course, you will need to comply with the placement vaccination policy. Failure to meet the placement vaccination policy may prevent you from joining the course or may lead to your withdrawal from the course in the future. Future employment may also be subject to this condition.

It would be beneficial for you to have a full clean driving licence with provisional C1. Driving is not a requirement for qualifying and registering as a paramedic, but for employment within ambulance services, paramedics normally need to have Group 2 DVLA clearance. In most cases, the medical standards for Group 2 drivers (lorries and buses) are substantially higher than for Group 1 drivers (cars and motorbikes).

The DVLA has guidance relating to medical conditions that may prevent an individual from achieving Category 2 DVLA clearance (e.g. epilepsy; diabetes; narcolepsy). The DVLA standards may be used by the Trust as criteria that will exclude students from accessing placement for safety reasons. As such, the presence of certain medical conditions may prevent a student from being successful on the programme. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you have any questions about this. 

It may be helpful to access the DVLA’s ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Professionals’ prior to starting if the above is relevant to you.

There is no minimum age requirement to study at UEA, however courses in the School of Health Sciences involve considerable patient contact and placements from year one. In view of this, students who will not be 18 years old at the time that they start the course may wish to consider applying for deferred entry.

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you intend to apply with deferred entry, please let us know about your gap year plans in your UCAS application.

Progression Requirements

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.

Intakes

This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.

Course Reference Number: 4478814

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

See our Tuition Fees page for further information. 

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

If you are eligible for tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company, you might also be able to apply for additional financial support through the NHS Learning Support Fund when studying this course.

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated on our Fees and finance webpages.  

Course Reference Number: 4478814

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Course Reference Number: 4478814
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
B780
Entry Requirements
ABB (specific subject requirements apply)
Duration (years)
3
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