Become a Paramedic
PARAMEDIC HIGHER EDUCATION (University) PROGRAMMES - Direct Entry - Leading to eligibility to register as a Paramedic
BackgroundThe introduction of the Health Professions Order (2001) required certain health care professionals including 'Paramedics' to register with the regulatory body the Health Professions Council with effect from July 2003. Since then all programmes of education that lead to eligibility to apply to the register have been approved by the [now] Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In 2018 the HCPC published the recommendations following the consultation on the review of SET 1 on the threshold level for paramedic entry to the Register. The recommendation is for BSc (Hons) degree level entry. The timescale for this process is mapped below:
|21st March 2018||The HCPC Council ratified the decision to change SET 1 on the threshold level for paramedic entry to the Register. ‘Bachelor degree with honours for: … paramedics’|
|22nd March 2018||The HCPC will not accept any new applications for approval of paramedic programmes that are delivered at below BSc (Honours) degree level.|
|1st September 2021||The HCPC will withdraw approval from existing programmes delivered below the new threshold level. They will not be able to take on any new cohorts.|
|Autumn 2023||Final set of students eligible to apply for registration with a threshold award less than BSc (Honours) degree.|
|Autumn 2024||All potential registrants eligible to apply to the HCPC register will have completed a BSc (Honours) degree.|
A full list of current approved programmes leading to eligibility for Paramedic registration can be found at the regulatory body for paramedics, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Academic & Vocational Entry Requirements
For individuals that do not have the appropriate academic credits several institutions accept various access qualifications, including undertaking appropriate access qualifications. Due to the nature of paramedic practice there will be a requirement to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in England and Wales, Access Northern Ireland or the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Scotland, and an occupational health assessment. Some education providers also require individuals to complete a fitness test. Others require the applicant to hold a full UK manual driving licence with either C1 or Provisional C1 status. (Check individual University entry criteria).
Applying for a Higher Education (University) Paramedic Programme
After selecting an appropriate programme(s) of study an application should be submitted via the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service UCAS system at: www.ucas.com
Applying for Higher Education University funding - UK nations
Apply to Student Finance England: www.gov.uk/student-finance
Apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/
Apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland: http://saas.gov.uk/
Apply to Student Finance Wales: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/
Employment in Ambulance Services
For those individuals who may be considering a career in the ambulance service, the following link will provide further guidance:
There are a variety of roles that include:
Ambulance Care Assistant;
Emergency Care Assistant;
Emergency Medical Technician;
Patient Transport Controller;
Emergency Medical Dispatcher; and, Paramedic.
Various Ambulance services offer some of these positions as an apprenticeship.
University - HIGHER EDUCATION (HE) Post – Registration - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) PROGRAMMES
Registered - Health and Care Professions Council - Paramedics - (Without a HE qualification)
For registered paramedics without a HE qualification, universities throughout the UK provide a range of professional continuing professional development programmes; including BSc (Hons) degrees. Individuals may be eligible to apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), previously also known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) / Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Pending on the level of RPL awarded they register onto the BSc (Hons) degree, and, undertake module/courses at the appropriate academic level. These programmes are usually part-time and are 'accredited' by the University; on successful completion individuals are awarded the appropriate HE/SCQF qualification.
Registered - Health and Care Professions Council - Paramedics - (With a HE qualification)
For registered paramedics with a HE qualification, universities throughout the UK provide a range of professional continuing professional development programmes; including BSc (Hons) degrees, Master degrees (MSc), and professional doctorates (PhD). An example of this would be a registrant who graduated with a BSc (Hons), and, decides to develop as a Specialist Paramedic in Urgent and Emergency Care. They undertake the appropriate studies at HE level 7/SCQF level 11, studying part-time and achieve a Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDip) on successful acquisition of 120 credits at HE level 7/SCQF level 11. Alternatively, an existing Specialist Paramedic may decide to continue their CPD and complete an appropriate MSc degree in their area of speciality to be eligible to apply for an Advanced Paramedic position.