Published: 13 May 2020

5 reasons to study paramedic science at Surrey

Our Paramedic Science BSc is ranked 1st in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022. Discover everything you need to know about our course and find out how you’ll develop your skills as a paramedic at Surrey.  

1. Study a hands-on curriculum

In your first year, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to paramedic science, including concepts of caring, essential paramedic practice, physical health, and research and evidence-based practice, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree. During your second year, you’ll learn about care across the lifespan, management of physical and mental health, patient assessments, and innovation and leadership.

In your third year, you’ll delve deeper into effective decision making for complex care, clinical leadership and consolidated paramedic practice, and patient management. You’ll also learn how to critically evaluate and appraise research and healthcare literature.

2. Access state-of-the-art facilities

As a paramedic science student, you’ll benefit from our multi-million-pound facilities, giving you access to equipment used in the NHS, including our Clinical Simulation Centre, consisting of two large wards, an operating theatre, a community flat and an ambulance bay. Here you’ll get to practise real scenarios using lifelike mannequins and actors as patients, fitting cannulas, checking for heart murmurs, monitoring breathing and much more.

Our virtual environments and actors will transport you to the centre of emergency situations, so you can practise your trauma skills and get a taste of the scenarios you’ll tackle throughout your training and when you’re fully qualified.

3. Gain clinical experience

You’ll spend half of your training in four NHS clinical placements, allowing you to practise the skills you’ll learn in the classroom out in the real world under the supervision of qualified practitioners. Our students have undertaken their placements in ambulance stations and ambulance vehicles, operating theatres as well as maternity, mental health and children’s units.

4. Learn from healthcare professionals

We have a clinical-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to an NHS care setting. You’ll be taught by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers who have a range of clinical expertise. Your lecturers may include:

  • Simon Downs - a Paramedic Practitioner with expertise in clinical excellence and improving patient outcomes in pre-hospital and community settings
  • Jackie McBride - an Adult Nurse with expertise in decision making for fundamental and complex care.

5. Enhance your employability

Our course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), giving you the academic requirements needed to register to work as a paramedic once you’ve graduated.

100% of paramedic science graduates go on to full-time employment as paramedics.* Our alumni can be found working for NHS trusts across the UK, with recent graduates working for the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust, and the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.


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*Graduate Outcomes survey 2021, HESA

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