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Paramedic science can be a rewarding career

HOW ABOUT gaining a professional qualification that offers a rewarding career in job where there is a high demand for your skills?

Have you thought about studying Paramedic Science at the University of Greenwich where you can learn about patient care and making a real difference to people’s lives.

The three-year programme for a BSc Hons Paramedic Science is not only a degree qualification, but it’s also vocational where nearly half of the programme is based in practice, caring for people across the whole spectrum of life from newborns to the elderly.

The University of Greenwich, long considered to be a highly rated in Paramedic Science, offers students a choice of two bases.


Undergraduates on the Avery Hill campus programme in Eltham, will carry out their practice placements in ambulance services and acute hospital NHS trusts in South East London, while students on the Medway campus programme in Chatham will have practice placements with ambulance service and acute hospital NHS trusts in Kent.

The overall aim of the degree is to prepare graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered paramedic – and to date the University of Greenwich has seen 100 percent of its qualified paramedics in career posts.

Registered paramedics have a varied and rewarding career structure which allows them to develop their expertise in ambulance services, emergency care departments and, increasingly in primary care. You may progress to Specialist, Advanced or Consultant Paramedic roles.

Jahrin Khan, a Paramedic Science student, describes her own experiences of the course: “After working for four years towards studying this programme, I felt privileged to have gained a place here.

“I chose the BSc Hons Paramedic Science programme because it was both academically and practically driven. It has excellent teaching that helps shape students into independent practitioners, and the tutors have considerable experience, which they demonstrate through their passion, enthusiasm and extensive knowledge.

“The programme is well structured with lectures and practical sessions both on the university’s Avery Hill Campus and at the London Ambulance Service’s education and development centre.

“I have found it fascinating and rewarding. The mixture of lectures and practical work certainly keep you busy.

“The programme is academically intensive with a great deal of information to absorb in the first year, primarily on anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the human body. But it’s this intensity that motivates me to challenge my own personal and academic limits.

“The university is an extremely welcoming and friendly place and is packed with students from a variety of cultures, countries and backgrounds. This creates a unique community in which to enjoy the social and intellectual joys of study.

“I’ve worked hard in my first year, but it’s been extremely enjoyable. I’d recommend this programme to anybody who is excited by science, looking to be academically challenged and, ultimately, wants to bring care to our community.”


For entry, applicants need to have 300 UCAS points from three A Levels or a BTEC National Diploma. They also need at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language, mathematics and a science) or equivalent qualifications.

Alternatively, they need an approved Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at level three with the remaining 15 at either level two or three with mathematics and English to at least level two. A minimum of 30 of the level three credits must be at merit or distinction level.

Why not come and talk to us to find out more about the wide career opportunities within Paramedic Science at either of our Health and Social Care Open Evenings at Avery Hill or Medway Campuses on Wednesday 10 June and Wednesday 8 July between 4pm and 8pm.

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