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 universities in our region supporting the direct entry students on paramedic science degrees.

Universities we work with

You will be required to apply to the university to obtain a place on a course through the normal university application process.

What qualifications will I need to get on a course?

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 (grades required vary from BBB toAAB) – a science A-level is often desirable, or BTEC (grades DDD to 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,
  • Practical or relevant experience in a care setting or in voluntary community work would be desirable 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 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.

Work placement entry

As well as the direct entry pathway to becoming a paramedic, we offer staff who work for us in other roles the opportunity to apply for a limited number of funded work place entries.

These placements are normally open to staff who are currently working for the Trust as ECSWs or technicians. They will attend St George’s University, Tooting and receive a BSc in paramedic science.