Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) – 2024 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2024

AwardUCAS codeCourse duration
BSc (Hons) UCAS: B780 3 years View KIS data set

Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.

CourseUCAS codeInstitution code
BSc (Hons)B780S85


Why choose this course

1st in the UK

For paramedic science by the Complete University Guide 2024

4th in the UK

For paramedic science in the Guardian University Guide 2023


Of our nursing students go on to employment or further study after graduation (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA)

  • Access our Clinical Simulation Centre, including our ambulance bay equipped with a working ambulance, to practise real scenarios on lifelike manikins and actors.
  • Spend half of your training in clinical placements, to practise your skills in healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS.
  • Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a paramedic once you’ve graduated.
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What you will study

On this course, designed in collaboration with the local ambulance Trusts and mapped to the College of Paramedics’ educational guidance, you’ll learn to meet the diverse needs of patients, families and carers, within a variety of settings.

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.

Throughout your training, you’ll also explore and develop the values required in modern healthcare, as outlined in the NHS Constitution.


You’ll benefit from our multi-million pound facilities, including our Clinical Simulation Centre, consisting of two large wards, an operating theatre, a community flat and an ambulance bay with a working ambulance. You’ll get to use equipment found in the NHS to learn how to fit cannulas, check for heart murmurs, monitor 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 scenarios you may face during your training and when you’re fully qualified.

You’ll also get exclusive access to our independent clinical learning room. The room is set up each week with the necessary equipment required to practise the techniques you’ll be learning.

Teaching staff

You’ll be taught by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS. These 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.

You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, made up of local doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers.

Throughout your placements, you'll have an educational supervisor, who’s a senior clinician. They'll guide you through your experience and feed into your evidence portfolio.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a paramedic.

BSc (Hons) - College of Paramedics (CoP) endorse
Endorsed by College of Paramedics

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

100% of our graduates from this course go on to employment or further study.*

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means that on successful completion of your studies, you’ll have the academic requirements needed to register to work as a paramedic.

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.

The NHS is the largest employer of paramedics in the UK. Throughout your career, you’ll work as a member of a multidisciplinary team, with opportunities to get involved with specialist practice, GP surgeries and community services. You may also want to explore alternative paths, including education, management, mentoring and research. Visit the NHS careers website for further information.

You can also use your qualification to work outside the UK.

We encourage you to become a member of the College of Paramedics (CoP). CoP is the UK’s professional development body for paramedics, promoting and evolving members through educational guidance, learning resources and professional support. They also represent the profession within various working groups and advisory committees, to ensure all its members are heard on a national scale. Membership gives you access to online learning materials, the British Paramedic Journal and a magazine, along with a host of book, equipment and conference discounts, during your studies and after.

*Graduate Outcomes survey 2023, HESA

Academic year structure

This three-year course runs over 43 weeks in your first and second years, and 36 weeks in your third year. You’ll get seven weeks holiday usually over the winter, spring and summer vacations (subject to change). The length of the course year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follow clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Please note: The full module listing for the optional Professional Training placement part of your course can be viewed on the relevant programme specification.

Module titleStatusSemester

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4



Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).


Day-to-day learning

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.

For some modules, you’ll learn alongside students from other health sciences courses, so you can develop an understanding of inter-professional teamwork.

When you’re on placement

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Demonstration 
  • Discussion groups
  • Observation
  • Practice under supervision
  • Reflective dialogue
  • Role modelling
  • Shadowing.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


We use a variety of methods to assess you, including:

  • Case studies
  • Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs)
  • Written work.

When you’re out on placement, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed by your mentors.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements


Overall: ABB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: An A-level in a relevant science subject is required.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English language, mathematics and science at grade C(4) (equivalents for science only may be considered).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: Applied science. Other BTECs can be considered when taken with a relevant science A-level.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or equivalent: English language, mathematics and science at grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 33 overall including 5,5,5 at higher level.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: English, maths and science at HL4/SL4 (including MYP).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: English language (1/2), 6, or (3),7; maths, 6; science, 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: Must include 15 level 3 credits in science.

GCSE or equivalent: English language, mathematics and science at grade C(4) (equivalents for science only may be considered).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: Scottish National 5 English language, maths and science, C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: English language and mathematics ­– numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer for this programme, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

Applicants can only receive one grade reduction from the published grades, an EPQ grade reduction can’t be applied in addition to other grade reductions made through other schemes such as Contextual Admissions or In2Surrey.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process


As part of the shortlisting process your personal statement and reference will be reviewed and should outline your insight into the subject area as well as your motivation and commitment to undertake the course.  You should have a clear understanding of the profession and be able to demonstrate the personal skills and qualities relevant to the course. Wherever possible, and if offered a place, candidates are encouraged to gain some practical work experience prior to undertaking this course, but this is not essential.

If you are offered and accept a place on the course, admission is subject to occupational health screening* and a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check.


If you meet the entry criteria, you will be required to take part in a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) conducted through an online system of pre-recorded questions by our academic staff assisted by staff from our clinical practice areas.  You will be sent detailed guidance and support on these selection activities with your invitation to interview.


Read our guide to references (doc) to support your health sciences application.

*The Department of Health requires all Paramedic Science students to be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C during the induction week. Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations, please raise this at the point of application.

Declaration of criminal convictions

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions web page for more information.

Deferred entry

The course does not accept applications for deferred entry.

Covid-19 vaccinations

On 15 March 2022, regulations revoking the Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD) for Healthcare Workers came into force. This means that it will not become a requirement for people to have received a Covid-19 vaccine in order to deliver face-to-face CQC-regulated activities in wider social care settings. Whilst we still encourage everyone to get vaccinated where they can, it is no longer a requirement for this programme.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. 

If this applies to you, the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process may allow you to join a course without the formal entry requirements or enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. 

There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. 

Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries. 


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2024

BSc (Hons)

To be confirmed
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View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Additional costs

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): Students are required to pay the upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2024/25 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses through the Learning Support Fund because of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students' studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students are also able to claim travel and accommodation costs via the NHSLSF if they undertake the additional elective placement.
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: Although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. You are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing your uniform. All students receive a name badge free of charge before they go out into practice, if a replacement is required (lost/damaged etc.) there is a fee of around £4.50.
  • Personal protective equipment and uniform: You will be provided with a uniform that you will wear in your practice placements as well as in clinical sessions during your time at Surrey. Personal protective equipment, including safety boots, will be provided by the ambulance trust that you are on placement with. All students receive a name badge free of charge before they go out into practice, if a replacement is required (lost/damaged, etc.) there is a small fee to replace it.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process is completed, and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This should be completed in advance of applicants starting their programme using the main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee. Following this, students are encouraged to sign up to the annual online DBS update service which allows you to maintain an updated DBS record, however it is not mandatory. This has an annual cost of £13. 

Clinical placements

You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll complete 30 placement hours a week, for approximately 20 weeks in your first, second and third years of study.

Previous students have completed their placements in the NHS, with private healthcare organisations and with charities. These have been across several settings, including accident and emergency departments, ambulance stations and vehicles, hospital units (e.g. children’s, coronary care, maternity and mental health), minor injury centres, operating theatres and specialist ambulance services.

Placement locations

Your placements may take place across Surrey and in some cases London and these are divided into localities. For the duration of your course, you’ll typically be allocated one placement locality. The localities for this course are: 

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions for the 2023/24 academic year and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us and before you accept an offer. Read our full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Placement location

You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements off campus. Please see the placements section for more details.

Additional information

Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.

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