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2020/21 entry

BSc (Hons) Paramedicine Top-up Degree

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: To be confirmed

All figures are subject to yearly increases.

*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: N/A

UCAS code: Not applicable

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years part time

About your course

This continuing professional development top up BSc (Hons) degree in Paramedicine is ideal for qualified paramedics who want to enhance their professional knowledge and career prospects, ahead of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 2021 deadline for all paramedic education to be at the level of BSc or equivalent.

  • Part-time course with flexible learning options to fit around your shifts and other commitments
  • Delivery methods including online and distance learning, as well as face-to-face sessions
  • Develop your skills, knowledge and professional attitudes in order to provide effective, evidence-based care
  • Convenient city centre location, with excellent facilities​

We truly believe we are preparing our paramedics for the ever-changing challenges faced by health professionals in today’s health arena.

Jason Comber, Programme Leader

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at:

Course details

We recognise that whilst you may already have considerable experience as a paramedic, you may also need and want further academic recognition to enhance your practice and future-proof yourself for emerging roles. This is an exciting opportunity for existing practicing HCPC registered Paramedics to build and develop your knowledge, professionalism and research skills required to enhance your current and future practice. This programme will help you to achieve the high standard expected of today’s professional, enabling you to deliver high quality patient care.

This is an exciting opportunity for existing practicing HCPC registered Paramedics to build and develop your knowledge, professionalism and research skills required to enhance your current and future practice. This programme will help you to achieve the high standard expected of today's professional, enabling you to deliver high quality patient care.​​

​Each of the team here at LJMU want you to enjoy your learning and be able to see the relevance of the theory and the links with clinical application and patient care. We deliver our modules in a variety of methods. We appreciate that students learn in differing ways and we have the experience and understanding to support each individual through the programme.  

What you will study on this degree

To achieve the BSc (Hons) Paramedicine award you need to complete 120 credits of study

​​This includes completion of all 5 modules.

The programme blends a mix of taught content, from delivery through online and distance learning, as we recognise that sometimes it is difficult to attend all sessions, but other modules require face-to-face sessions to help develop a cohort identity for students, so that you can provide peer support to each other.

Core Modules

  • ​Paramedic approach within an integrated urgent care service (20 credits)
  • Expanding Research in Paramedic Practice (20 credits)
  • Healthcare Leadership (20 credits)
  • Critical Review (40 credits)

Option Modules

You have a choice of one of the following option modules:

  • Tissue Viability (20 credits)
  • Infection Control for Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Palliative Care (20 credits)
  • Practice Education for Paramedics (20 credits)
  • Dementia Care (20 credits)
  • ​Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness (20 credits)

Your lecturers

All of the paramedic team are HCPC registered Paramedics

​ We also have a multi-disciplinary, wider team, which will be utilised to further enhance your experience as a student. ​

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed in a number of ways with examples including a reflective portfolio, written assignments, examinations and presentations and a self-managed dissertation with support from a member of our Supervisory Team.

​Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That's because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.​

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

The applicant must be a registrant with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.

The applicant will have studied at level 4 / 5 FHEQ possessing a Foundation Degree or Diploma in Higher Education in a Paramedic related qualification. To achieve this, you may apply for LJMU's process of Recognition of Prior Learning.

GCSE and equivalents

  • N/A
  • Are functional skills acceptable? N/A

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: N/A
  • Is general studies acceptable? N/A
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? N/A

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: N/A
  • 90 credit diploma: N/A
  • Diploma (QCF): N/A
  • Extended diploma (QCF): N/A
  • Level 3 in childrens play, learning and development: N/A

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: N/A

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: N/A

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: N/A

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: N/A
  • FETAC acceptability: Not applicable

Scottish awards

  • Scottish Higher: Not applicable
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: Not applicable

Key skills

  • Will Key Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer? N/A
  • What minimum Key Skill level is appropriate?

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: N/A
  • National Diploma: N/A
  • National Extended Diploma: N/A


  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not applicable
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required



Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to:

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

As a paramedic, you will start to build on your experience, and may consider progression into specialist paramedic roles within the ambulance service or with employers in the wider health service. You will develop wider skills and educational pathways, which may support your future development.​

​The College of Paramedics offer advice and guidance on career development and as a team we will be guiding and advising you, which possible opportunities may lie ahead.​​

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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