2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science - Currently closed to new applications

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £9,250 per annum

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: A900

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The BSc Paramedic Science at Liverpool John Moores University gives you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become a registered paramedic. You will achieve the high standard expected of today’s health professionals, enabling you to work effectively at the frontline of patient care.

  • A wide range of quality placement opportunities
  • A programme delivered by HCPC registered paramedics
  • Supported in a multi professional learning environment
  • Excellent supervision and support in practice settings
  • Evidenced based education and learning
  • £5,000 per year NHS grant, plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus
Please Note: Application for September 2021 entry is now closed. Application for September 2022 will be available when UCAS opens for the new cycle (usually in May).

Watch our LJMU Student Paramedics film - see what is means to study Paramedic Science at LJMU:


Additional course costs

May incur additional costs for travel to placement and parking. Reimbursement for this has not yet been identified or agreed. Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so.

Not covered as part of the course or included in course fees:

  • Provisional driving licence
  • C1 Class driving licence training and test

You can read more about the C1 licence requirement on the College of Paramedics website.

"'The staff are extremely approachable and always happy to help.' "

Craig Pattinson, DipHE Paramedic Practice student

Work-related learning

The wide range of placements coupled with the evidence-based learning will offer you a unique insight into the profession of the paramedic. By designing your programme in this innovative way, we are confident that you will successfully develop your skills, knowledge and professionalism as you move closer to the point of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Support and guidance

You will have support from paramedics and other healthcare staff who will be your Practice Educators during your clinical placements.

In addition, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor at LJMU, who will give you feedback on how you are progressing with your studies and help you to plan for your educational and career development. The university also offer wider support for all of our students if needed.

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: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

You will learn how to assess and treat a wide range of patients with a variety of acute and long term conditions, both medical and trauma-related.

Working alongside other health professionals and emergency services, you will develop strong leadership skills and the ability to work independently, as well as being a member of a team. A good level of physical fitness is paramount as moving and handling of patients and equipment is part of the role.

Your placements will be in the most part with North West Ambulance NHS Trust (NWAS). They are the largest ambulance service outside London, providing emergency care for 7 million people across the region and responding to 952,000 calls each year.

As you progress under supervision, you will be challenged to adapt quickly as situations change. The course will help you develop the clinical skills, underpinning knowledge and interpersonal skills you need to care for people in distressing circumstances. Ultimately, you will have the confidence to work effectively and independently.

We utilise many practice areas within the Merseyside and Cheshire area, which include NWAS, accident and emergency departments, health centres, hospital operating theatres, maternity units, paediatric facilities, mental health facilities and critical care facilities. Each of these placements will add to your experience and development as a paramedic student.

We have excellent facilities within the university so that we can offer you simulated experiences to support your practice. You will benefit from multi-professional days when you will be working alongside and learning with midwifery and nursing students.

What you will study on this degree

This degree will fully prepare you for practice. You will be able to apply for registration with the HCPC and feel confident in yourself as a practitioner.

You will study a range of topics as you move through your three-year programme. By completing each of the modules from anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology through to leadership and research, you will benefit from content that is current, topical and designed around today's evidence base.

In line with the College of Paramedics Curriculum Framework Guidance, the course runs from September to May each year.

Level 4


  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Foundations of Communication and Professionalism
  • Illness, Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Introduction to Clinical Skills
  • Perspectives of Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness
  • Clinical Skills for the Developing Paramedic​

Level 5

  • Research Methodologies for Paramedics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Examination, Assessment and Decision Making
  • Advanced Clinical Skills
  • Promoting Professional Values
  • Applied Pharmacology for Paramedics
  • Managing the Critically Ill Patient

Level 6

  • Leadership as a Practice Educator
  • Enhanced Clinical Skills
  • Expanding Research in Paramedic Practice
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Dissertation

Teaching and learning

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.

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 paramedic student. By working with social workers, councillors, midwifes, mental health nurses, adult nurses and child nurses, we can offer you a unique learning experience within the university coupled with the wide range of placement activity.

Assessment and feedback

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

Before they are approved for the programme, applicants will need both an Enhanced DBS and Occupational Health check. Whilst the University covers the cost of the Occupational Health and DBS checks, applicants will need to pay £11 for an ID check at the Post Office.

​We are looking for evidence of understanding the wider context of the role, as Paramedic practice involves working individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The aim is to provide care, treatment and support to people who have experienced unexpected health problems.

We want applicants to demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the profession, who will provide excellent care and treatment. We also require evidence of relevant experience in the field of health care. This may have been paid employment, voluntary or personal experience, but we will expect you to be able to communicate specific details of these caring opportunities.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a student and ultimately as a registered paramedic. In addition, essential aspects are excellent communication skills, good time management skills, a willingness to work flexible shift patterns.

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to balance and combine academic study, clinical work and family/social life.

LJMU are able to offer direct entry to the second year of the programme under existing RP(E)L arrangement given the proven relevant experience and qualifications.

Please note: Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.

What happens if you are shortlisted:

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection process consisting of an individual interview

Other information:

If successful, in addition to any conditions, all offers will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you directly to undertake this.
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at www.disclosure.gov.uk

In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions if successful after interview.

We do accept RP(E)L dependant on case

Important information about the programme:

There is an expectation that you will fully prepare for employment with the ambulance service over the three years of the programme. You will be expected as part of the programme to complete a series of assessments involving moving and handling techniques. The assessments will be ongoing, in practice and within the university. This is necessary to ensure that you have sufficient physical ability to cope with extreme work demands as and when these occur.  The assessment will minimise the health risks or injury known to exist within low fitness groups when regularly engaged in  hard physical work. The university will offer support through theory and practice in terms of techniques, skills and equipment to be used.

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to application applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSE or an approved alternative qualification: Key Skills Level 2 NVQ Level 2 Functional skills Skills for Life Level 2 Higher Diploma Functional skills level 2 Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 Wales Essential Skills Level 2 Welsh GCSE in Maths Welsh GCSE in Maths Numeracy The Faculty of Health will accept Edge Hill University’s equivalence tests in English and mathematicsas an alternative to the GCSE requirements. For further information, please go to Edgehill Equivalency Tests or email edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk These must be passed prior to applying to the University

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Maximum of 20 points
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Level 3 in childrens play, learning and development: No

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must be in a relevant subject area. Points can be gained from a combination of passes, merits and distinctions

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 112 UCAS points required

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
  • FETAC acceptability: The following modules must be achieved at Distinction:
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Nursing

Scottish awards

  • Scottish Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 112 UCAS points required
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional Information: 112 UCAS points required

Key skills

  • Will Key Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer? No
  • What minimum Key Skill level is appropriate?

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications


  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable

Additional entry requirement information

​All applicants are shortlisted based on qualifications (achieved and/or predicted) in the first instance.

Driving Licence

Due to the government suspension of driving tests in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all new applications received for September 2021 entry will not need to hold a full driving licence. You would be required to undertake and pass your driving test and add C1 class during the three years of the programme. Possession of a full driving licence with Class C1 held is required for employment as a paramedic. 

Please note: The full C1 element on your licence is required at the point of employment with an Ambulance Trust. C1 training is not part of the paramedic programme at the University.

OCR National Extended Diploma must be in a relevant subject area such as Health and Social Care, if no other qualifications taken alongside this.

We accept Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) and Extended Project Stand Alone qualifications. We will also accept the new Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care grade B or above, or in combination with other relevant qualifications.

Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.

Will I be interviewed?

Interview required


7.0 (minimum of 7.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL 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), your household income and if you are going to live in your parental home or elsewhere while you study.

The information below relates to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

NEW NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF)

In addition to student finance, eligible students may also receive the new NHS Learning Support Fund.

This non means tested allowance consists of:-

  • £5,000 per year training grant
  • £2,000 per year Parental Support
  • £1,000 per year for those that are going to study a shortage subject.

For more information see the NHS website.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2021/22 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

The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home 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.

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.

For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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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 £26,575* 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 £26,575).*

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

Career prospects

We are proud that our Paramedic students have had a 100% employment record upon graduating

Once completing the programme, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. This registration will allow you to practice anywhere in the UK as a paramedic.

Once you are a paramedic and you start to build on your experience, you can start to consider progression within your chosen healthcare setting, weather that is with an ambulance service, primary care setting or any other form of NHS Trust or private organisation. You can also develop wider skills and educational pathways, which would support your future development.  

The College of Paramedics offers advice and guidance on career development and as a team we will be guiding and advising you.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Professional accreditation / links

Successful completion of our Paramedic Science degree results In eligibility to apply for Registration with the Health and Care  Professions Council, giving you the opportunity to practice anywhere in the UK.

International study

International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:

NHSBSA website

If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 904 6499.

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.
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