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Studying to work with us

Studying to work with us

To be successful in gaining a place on a paramedic programme of study with one of our partner universities, there are some minimum requirements that most of them will look for. This list is not exhaustive and is offered as guidance only.

 

Academic requirements tend to be:

  • A-level (in SECAmb’s area the grades required vary from BBB-AAB) – a science A-level is often desirable, OR
  • BTEC (grades DDD-DDM) in a health-related subject, OR
  • Foundation Degree in a health-related subject, OR
  • HND in a health-related subject.
  • As well as the above, you may be required to have GCSE Maths, English and Science (or equivalent) at a minimum grade C, OR
  • An approved Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits, of which 45 should be at level 3. A minimum of 30 of the level 3 credits must be at merit or distinction PLUS GCSE mathematics and English at a minimum of grade C, or equivalent qualifications.

 

Other entry requirements will likely also include:

  • A personal statement, evidencing your motivation and some insight into the course and the profession.  Improving your awareness about the role of ambulance services and the paramedic profession will help you here and also at interview, (see the ‘Our Services’ section on our website and visit the following websites for more information: http://www.hcpc-org.uk/, http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/ and www.collegeofparamedics.co.uk)
  • Practical or relevant experience in a care setting or in voluntary community work would be esirable and encouraged.
  • A full clean (no points) UK driving licence (C1 is desirable but not essential at this stage).
  • A satisfactory level of physical fitness. Offers are subject to a Health and Fitness for practice screening test with SECAmb.
  • Ability to commit to a range of shifts, covering a 24 hour, 7 days per week rota and be able to meet the necessary requirements for early morning or late night travel.
  • Passing a literacy and numeracy assessment.
  • Passing Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
  • Evidence of eligibility to receive NHS funding. Currently, within SECAmb’s area, if you are offered a place on a Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons) course, your tuition fees will be paid by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS). You may also be entitled to a living allowance offered by HEKSS.

As well as all this, you will need excellent communication and problem solving skills, to be a team player and have a positive attitude.

There are not many other roles out there that offer such a rewarding feeling for ’just doing your job’.

Paramedic Degree

To become a paramedic you need to obtain a paramedic science degree. There are two ways in which to become a paramedic, direct entry or a work placement entry.

Direct entry

We work with four unitversities in our region supporting the direct entry students on paramedic science degrees.

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