Paramedic Practice Degree Apprenticeship
This degree apprenticeship enables you to train while working and become a registered paramedic.
In an emergency, the rapid response of the ambulance service saves lives. Paramedics play a critical role in the ambulance service, providing urgent care to the sick and injured.
Qualified paramedics can apply their expertise to a range of professional settings, from mental health emergencies to acute care for physical injuries.
The apprenticeship benefits Ambulance Trust employers who want to train their current staff to become practising paramedics. It’s a great opportunity for emergency care assistants or equivalent who aspire to provide emergency care in the ambulance service.
You will spend roughly 80% of the apprenticeship in your workplace. The other 20% will be spent developing knowledge and skills at university or within trust education facilities. This involves learning through a variety of online methods, including live and recorded lectures, skills videos and medical learning platforms, as well as self-directed learning.
Assessment takes the form of reflection and observed practical methods. For example, your employees will be assessed via Observed Structured Practical Examinations (OSCEs) and Structured Oral Practical Examinations (SOPEs).
You’ll also complete a dissertation, an online exam for pharmacology and a portfolio of evidence-based practice to complete their degree. You’ll also need to complete an apprenticeship portfolio and an end point assessment to complete the apprenticeship aspects of the qualification.
Throughout, a practice educator will assess your employee’s portfolio of competencies to ensure you’ve reached the required level of practice to progress to the next stage.
Throughout the three-year apprenticeship, you will study a blend of theoretical and practical subjects. These include basic and applied anatomy, essentials of emergency care, caring for children and older adults, psycho-social aspects of paramedic practice, pharmacology and health promotion and protection.
Year one provides an introduction to the paramedic sciences. You will learn to apply anatomy and physiology to 3D models, while articulating medical terminology. This foundation of knowledge will prepare you for your placement.
Year two modules introduce invasive practical skills and develop knowledge of age extremes and psycho-social aspects of professional practice.
In the final year, you’ll gain more advanced knowledge related to emergencies, such as trauma and mass casualties, as well as advanced clinical assessment skills. You’ll be assessed by a research project, practice portfolio, written assignments and an online exam. You will also be required to complete an externally assessed end point assessment.
You will also complete non-ambulance placement activity. Examples include working in an emergency department, operating theatre and central delivery suite.
BSc(Hons) Paramedic Practice degree (Level 6).
Successful apprentices will qualify with a BSc(Hons) Paramedic Practice degree (Level 6). By the end of their learning, you will be ready to sit the end point assessment necessary to complete your apprenticeship.
Successful completion of this assessment will enable you to apply to practice as an HCPC registered paramedic.
As the apprenticeship becomes more established, we will be seeking approval for professional accreditation from the College of Paramedics.
The University’s Standard Entry Requirements apply with the following additions:
- Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section, (or equivalent).
- Confirmation from the employer that Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service status is satisfactory.
- Applicants must be employed by an Ambulance Service eligible to apply for the apprenticeship levy. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the external end-point assessment. They must also have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving Course.
How to apply
Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance.
There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships. We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.
Benefits for businesses
This programme is designed to maximise the time your employee spends in your workplace. Apprentices work full-time, allowing you to train your workforce without them taking significant time away from work.
Your employees will develop the skills needed for a career as a paramedic, from communication and leadership to invasive practical skills. They’ll also apply clinical reasoning, critical analysis and problem solving in a range of professional settings, including acute and emergency care.
By the end of the course, your employee will have the skills and experience to practice as an HCPC qualified paramedic in your workplace. They’ll be ready to practice straight after graduating. To date, our paramedic graduates have a 100% employment rate.
Why UWE Bristol?
UWE Bristol have a proven track record of training successful, high quality paramedic graduates. Our tutors offer broad experience and expertise, from working on frontline ambulances in urgent and emergency care to helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and as Advanced Clinical Practitioners in Primary Care and Emergency Care settings. This ensures you will make a greater contribution to your organisation.
Learner support is a priority at UWE Bristol and includes robust processes to ensure you are facilitated to successfully complete the programme. You’ll attend regular tripartite meetings to discuss your progress with an academic and mentor in practice. This ensures you stay on track and get the most out of your course. Thanks to their open door policy, the paramedic team are on hand to provide guidance at a time to suit the apprentice. The universities Professional Suitability Process and Fitness to Practice policies support the student to overcome any issues such as driving disqualification, poor attendance or unprofessional behaviour.
You will train in brand new facilities, including our new fully immersive simulation areas and two working ambulances. You will learn to work under pressure and apply their skills in real-time emergencies, while gaining real-world experience in their workplace.