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What makes Paramedic Science 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.

* This course is subject to validation.

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
Paramedic students in a training scenario

Graduate view - Natalie

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.

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 information

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?

This is a new course therefore details about the modules are subject to change.

Top-up year


  • Research module
  • Professional development and clinical leadership
  • Independent study
  • Clinical assessment and decision making across the life-span including trauma management


  • Mentorship for paramedic practice
  • Leading for enhanced service delivery
  • Contemporary issues in mental health
  • Substance misuse
  • Applied pharmacology for paramedics
  • Domestic abuse
  • Contemporary issues in dementia

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

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 an independent study.

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.

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Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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    Tom Hancock

    Tom Hancock was a Paramedic for 12 years working in a variety of roles from a Clinical Team Leader to operations Officer and moved into academia in 2017.  He is the admissions lead for Paramedic Science BSc Programme and leads both year one and year two Paramedic practice modules. Tom also leads on mentorship engaging with West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust Paramedics.

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    Yuet Wah Patrick

    I qualified as a paramedic in January 2009 and started working for West Midlands Ambulance Service where I progressed to work as a Clinical Team Mentor.  I then started a secondment at University of Worcester in September 2015 as a lecturer/practitioner which allows me to teach and support paramedic students in the classroom and in practice.

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    Paula Gardner

    I joined the University of Worcester full time in 2016 taking on the role of lecturer practitioner for the foundation degree Paramedic Science course. I commenced my career in 1998 with West Midlands Ambulance Service progressing to paramedic status in 2002. I am passionate about the Paramedic profession and am proud to be involved in Paramedic education.

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    Gemma Howlett

    Gemma is the course leader for Paramedic Science BSc. She is a practising paramedic as well as a senior lecturer on the paramedic science degree. Her interests include healthcare law, ethics and research. Gemma is passionate about the profession and believes that with new advanced roles and greater opportunities as a paramedic clinician in the wider health setting, it is a very interesting and exciting time to be part of the profession.


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 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.There might be cost associated for travel on this course.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.


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


How do you apply?

Apply for part-time September enrolment

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Applying through UCAS

You can also apply for Paramedic Studies Top-up (B755) through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course contacts

Mark Odam (Admission lead)
01905 542729

Tom Hancock (Course lead)
01905 542958