BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree


About the course

Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree fulfils the requirements to be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


It is the first nationally to integrate full paramedic training to the Health and Care Professions Council registration standards within a full-time degree programme.


The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course will give you the professional knowledge and clinical assessment skills you need to become a confident, autonomous paramedic working within the emergency environment.


We place a strong focus on the delivery of quality paramedic care within our contemporary society, taking into account rapid changes within the profession, from increasing medical technology to public awareness of healthcare issues.


Paramedic practice now spans a range of disciplines and our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course and covers areas including:

·         Patient assessment and management

·         Clinical skills

·         Biosciences

·         Pharmacology

·         Psychology and communication

·         Ethics

·         Law

·         Sociology of health and illness

·         Health policy

·         Health promotion

·         Medical design and technology

·         Clinical / professional studies


To give you an understanding of the contributions that all professions make to patient care, some of your studies will be with students from other healthcare professions.


Evidence-based practice and research

A sound understanding of evidence-based practice and research is a fundamental part of your training and throughout the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, your theoretical studies will be interspersed with a series of practice placements.



Why choose this course?

·         Your learning experience is constructed from 12 years of professional leadership in paramedic education and development, specifically designed to support your studies and enhance your work experience. 

·         The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree is the first nationally to integrate your full paramedic training to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration standards within a full-time degree programme.

·         You will be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified Paramedic on successful completion of this BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, which significantly increases your employability opportunities.


Entry requirements...

300 UCAS points to include a Grade B in a natural science* at A level or equivalent. General studies excluded. Plus five GCSEs grades A-C including English language, mathematics and Double Award science.

Only science based BTEC's accepted, plus GCSE mathematics, English language and Double Science (or 2 single sciences) grade A-C.


Access Diploma students must have 24 Distinctions at Level 3.

The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including IB – to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications visit the UCAS website 

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:

·         GCSE English language grade A-C

·         IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)


Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

All offers will be subject to interview and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Applicants should be physically fit and have a full clean driving license with a provisional C1 entitlement.


*Natural Science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology. 


Study routes

·         Full Time, 3 Years

·         Full Time,



This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. Over 72% of our graduates had entered employment six months after graduation, and a further 17% had gone on to further study or training.


Teaching methods

You'll experience a wide variety of learning styles on this course. During your studies you'll develop your capacity for self-directed study and your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy.

Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centre activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.


Work Placement


Practice placement

Throughout your BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, practice placements will be interspersed giving you the all important valuable work experience you need on graduation.

Placements will give you the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge you gain via lectures and seminars with your practical experiences, providing you with a complete understanding and application of patient care practices.


This strongly enhances your employability skills.




Year 1

Core Modules

·         Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1a

·         Patient Assessment and Management 1b

·         Practice Education 1b - Key Assessment

·         Behavioural and Social Issues for Paramedics

Year 2

Core Modules

·         Patient Assessment and Management B2b

·         Pathophysiology for Paramedics 2a

·         Pathophysiology for Paramedics 2b

·         Practice Education 2b - Management and Therapeutic Interventions

Year 3

Core Modules

·         Sandwich Year - Paramedic Science

Year 4

Core Modules

·         Research in Practice

·         Paramedic Skills Development 3


Total Credit Hours: 120


Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Medical Schools and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Professional program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for Medical schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for Medical education. This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of Medical & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

*For a full list of Newcastle University's Medical degree programs accredited by DETC, please see the Accreditation page.

Want to learn more? Request information and a member of our team can help answer your questions.

 * Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.


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