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What makes Paramedic Studies Top-up at Worcester special?

This course is designed for Registered Paramedics wishing to top-up their qualifications to BSc (Hons) level. It acknowledges the rapid expansion in the scope of the Paramedic role, in an increasingly complex pre- and out of hospital emergency and urgent care arena. Providing you with the skills to thrive in this environment.

At Worcester we recognise your previous academic study and clinical experience. We support your continuing personal and professional development, laying the foundations for life-long learning.



Key features

  • Offered on a part-time basis, allowing you to balance busy working lives with academic study 
  • Our staff are practicing paramedics with a combined experience of over 100 years in pre-hospital care
  • Developed in partnership with the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • The course explores social, cultural, moral, legal and political facets of pre-hospital care, preparing you for a varied career in this ever-expanding and evolving branch of the NHS
  • Opportunity to progress on to the MSc top-up degrees
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Essential Information

We want all students to succeed and have a full and rewarding higher education experience. It is important to ensure potential students have a good balance between their academic qualifications and the demands of the programme. Therefore an interview will only be offered where the course team believe the applicant is sufficiently qualified, motivated and capable of completing their chosen pathway.

Paramedic Science at Worcester

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • State Registered Paramedic
  • A foundation degree/DipHE or evidence of 120 level 5 credits
  • Supportive academic reference

We will also consider applicants from non-standard entry routes. We encourage applications from candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to work at Level 6 and substantial experience of working as a Paramedic.

If your qualification is not listed, please contact our Admissions team for advice.

Other qualifications

Students whose first language is not English and do not possess the necessary English GCSE equivalency will be required to have IELTS level 7.0, with no element below level 6.5.

A first Degree or other higher education qualifications will be considered by the admissions department on an individual basis. Please contact our admissions team for further information.

Additional information

The University of Worcester wants all students to succeed and have a full and rewarding higher education experience. It is important to ensure potential students have a good balance between their academic qualifications and the demands of the programme. Therefore an interview will only be offered where the course team believe the applicant is sufficiently qualified, motivated and capable of completing their chosen pathway.

"Every week is different, every placement is different but what stays the same is the dedication by the lecturers who are, or have been, paramedics. Joining Worcester University has been the best decision I've ever made."

Abbie Dowden, Paramedic Science BSc


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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Top-up year


  • Dissertation 
  • Complex Practice for the Competent Paramedic   
  • Advanced Pathophysiology and Clinical Reasoning for Paramedics

and if not previously studied at level 5 or level 6

  • Research for Practice in Applied Health and Social Science
  • Mentorship for Paramedic Practice


  • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
  • Substance Misuse
  • Leading for Enhanced Service Delivery
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and clinical simulation. Seminars and lectures cover the theory aspects of the programme and develop your understanding of the programmes content. Time spent in the clinical simulation environment will apply the knowledge to clinical scenarios and patient experience.

It is likely that the Module Leader, or co-lecturer, will have individual/group tutorials during the module. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will be arranged on a regular basis, possibly two each semester.

Contact time

The teaching will be conducted on site at the University. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules being studied. Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Interactive workshops including clinical skills simulation
  • Group lectures
  • Group seminars
  • Clinical skills and scenario workshops

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research for your various assessments, preparing for examinations and undertaking additional clinical simulation outside of the taught day.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, specialist professionals in various fields, service users and practice educators.

The paramedic science lecturers all have experience within an emergency ambulance trust, working at paramedic, or specialist/advanced paramedic, level. The lecturing team also includes academics and specialist professionals from other relevant health disciplines. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations, portfolios, practice assessment, OSCEs and a Dissertation.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


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Meet The Team

Paula Gardner

Paula Gardner

Paula is the Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) course leader. She started her career in 1998 with when she joined Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service progressing to paramedic status in 2002. She has enjoyed many roles throughout the years, including community paramedic on the rapid response vehicle and named mentor for direct entry and technician to paramedic students, from a wide range of universities.

Working as a Paramedic she has gained clinical skills and knowledge within the care of a diverse range of patient, client and service user groups across all age ranges.

With the experience of being a mentor of pre-registration paramedic students, Paula is passionate about the delivery of quality of care, the patient experience and paramedic education. Paula also teaches qualified paramedics on the Mentorship For Paramedic Practice Module.

She was appointed to the role of Lecturer Practitioner within the School of Allied Health and Community in Oct 2016 and became part of the team responsible for the development and delivery of the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science programme. In 2018 Paula became Practice Lead, working with our practice partners to develop a range of placements provided to ensure that you, as a developing health care professional, can perform autonomous clinical practice aware of the wider health industry.

Paula is HCPC registered Paramedic, a member of the College of Paramedics, FHEPS lead for the University of Worcester and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Where could it take you?

You will be able to pursue a career at a more senior level, with previous students becoming Senior/Specialist, Advanced or Remote Paramedics. After finishing the course, you may wish to advance to the masters degree, MSc Practice Development: Enhancing Paramedic Practice.

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How much will it cost?

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.


This course does not attract an NHS bursary, therefore students will be required to pay fees or seek alternative funding.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

There might be cost associated for travel on this course.

How to apply