Paramedic Science (DipHE)

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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About Paramedic Science at Swansea University

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students - our NHS bursary is available to applicants who have lived in UK for last 3-years

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of paramedic science students from Swansea University are employed in relevant paramedic posts within six months of graduating. (Unistats 2016)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BB at A level, science subject an advantage, plus at least 5 A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Maths and Double Science or a Single Physical Science such as Biology.

ACCREDITATION: This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Those who complete this course can apply for registration with the HCPC, a legal requirement for anyone who wishes to practise as a paramedic.

Key features

Why study at Swansea?

  • Strong links with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST)
  • 100% of our Paramedic Science students are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)
  • Graduate starting salary of £21,176 plus up to 25% unsocial hours
  • 80% of students are satisfied with the academic support they receive (NSS 2015)


Course description

Swansea University has been educating paramedics since 1998 and is the sole provider in Wales of pre-registration paramedic education.

Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that inform clinical paramedic practice.

They are encouraged to develop intellectually and professionally - becoming paramedics who are analytical, assertive, creative, safe, confident and decisive and who will embrace change and use research. 

Students are expected to travel to placements around Wales as required.  They will work in the community on board operational ambulances, as well as with colleagues in hospital settings such as theatres, and accident and emergency departments.

Students will assist and will only treat patients while under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. Students will also be supported throughout by Practice Placement Educators.

Many teaching staff are Registered Paramedics and still work in practice.

The University's Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for students of paramedic science. The clinical practice suite allows students to learn practical skills before using them in a real life situation.  The Welsh National Ambulance training centre also offers realistic workplace experience.

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International HEDip Full-time N/A N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Minimum BB at A2 level, science subject an advantage, plus at least 5 A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Maths and Double Science or a Single Physical Science such as Biology. 

Must have a full (category B) driving licence with a maximum of three penalty points on the licence at the closing date for entries. A provisional category B licence will not be accepted. A full category C1 driving licence would be an advantage and a provisional C1 licence will be required by the start of the course.


  • Access: 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits, 3 Passes
  • BTEC (Diploma Level): DDM - DMM
  • Welsh baccalaureate: Pass and either B at A2 level or MM at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 240

A comprehensive list of equivalent qualifications can be viewed at UCAS.

Any offer of a place will also require:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) check
  • An Occupational Health check. 

If you suspect you have a latex allergy, please discuss with Cathy Anthony in Occupational Health before applying.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at Swansea University to prepare for your chosen course:

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