2023/24 entry

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science (closed for 2023 applications)

Start date:
September 2023
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
3 years
UCAS code:
Points required:

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Faculty of Health:
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Why study Paramedic Science (closed for 2023 applications) at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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 training grant, plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children

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.

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.

"As a student from Northern Ireland, paramedic science wasn’t a course that I could do, as no universities offered it. As a result, I looked over to England and Scotland for paramedic courses. Finally, I found Liverpool John Moores and instantly fell in love."

Christopher Algie, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science student

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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Additional course-related fees

  • You 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
Please read the driving licence information on the Entry Requirements tab. You can read more about the C1 licence requirement in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the College of Paramedics website.


90% of our Paramedic Science graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after finishing the course (discoveruni.gov.uk)

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 qualified paramedic and you start to build your experience, you can begin 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 and professional development and as a team we will be guiding and advising you.

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Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

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

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

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 complete modules to a total of 120 credits at each level of your degree. All modules are 'Core'; this means all students on the degree will study them.

Levels 4 and 5 are both split 50:50 between theory and practice. At Level 6 there's more of an emphasis on practice with a 40:60 split, helping to prepare you for employment as a paramedic. Increased practice-based placements will allow for a greater depth of service user medical assessment in primary care settings. 

Reflective Practice

Reflecting on your own and and fellow student paramedics' simulated clinical practice is a great way to help you develop skills, build confidence and prepare for real-world placements. To do this in the best way possible, we have invested in state-of-the-art recording equipment in each of our clinical practice suites and other teaching spaces. During specific modules, you will be asked to take part in the filming of both yourself and other students. The footage recorded is strictly confidential and must not be shared inappropriately or released into the public domain. Being professional and having respect for others must always be maintained. This strict confidentiality ensures you can be at ease and fully engage with your teaching and learning experiences.

Each patient bay is equipped with two cameras and a microphone so you can record yourself completing a procedure - say practicing cannulation skills or wound dressing - and then watch it back to see how you did, spotting good practice or any areas for improvement. It's truly a transformative way to learn and hone your skills!

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the university’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 4

Core modules

Structure and Function of the Human Body
20 credits

The aim of the module is to understand the structure and function of the human body and how it plays an important role in decision making for paramedics. 

Foundations of Communication and Professionalism
10 credits

The aim of this module is to encourage you to consider your personal and professional development. This module will offer a variety of study skills relating directly and specifically to paramedic practice.

Perspectives of Health
10 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the impact of health and illness on individual and population health. You will develop an awareness of how social, ethnic, gender and cultural differences influence health and illness.

Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness
20 credits

This module explores human anatomy and physiology by considering growth and development within the context of the human life cycle. It will enhance your understanding of human biological systems. 

Illness, Diagnosis and Treatment
20 credits

This module provides you with a theoretical base to understand the aetiology of a variety of common conditions and illnesses across all age ranges.

Paramedic Practice
40 credits

During this module, you will enhance key attributes including your clinical knowledge, clinical skills and professional decision-making, to enable you to demonstrate professional conduct and to achieve clinical competence in the care, monitoring, support and treatment of service users in the out-of-hospital setting.

Outline Syllabus
  • Moving and Handling
  • Confidentiality
  • Infection Prevention Control
  • NHS Core Skills Framework for the North West health sector
  • Basic Life Support - Adult and Child
  • Documentation
  • Patient positioning
  • Principles of patient assessment
  • Scene assessment and management communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ambulance equipment
  • Paramedic Emergency and Non-Emergency Service
  • Legal and ethical issues and capacity to consent
  • Clinical impression / diagnosis and decision making
  • Immediate Life Support - Adult and Child
  • Core drugs, Patient Group Directions and legal aspects and access
  • Vulnerable patients

Level 5

Core modules

Research Methodologies for Paramedics
10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to undertake research in relation to paramedic practice. You will analyse the value of evidence based research in the development of health care practice.

20 credits

This module will explore human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology in relation to paramedic practice.

Promoting Professional Values
10 credits

This module will allow you to analyse the responsibilities that come with being registrants with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It promotes the professional values of being a Health Care Professional.

Applied Pharmacology for Paramedics
20 credits

This module will explore the impact of pharmacological interventions on the human body within the realm of paramedic practice.

Clinical Examination, Assessment and Decision Making
20 credits

Within this module, you will gain theoretical knowledge required to develop and support the clinical skills that you will be learning and utilising during the practice module and whilst on clinical placement.

Advanced Practice
40 credits

By the end of this module, you will be able to safely and effectively demonstrate a range of clinical skills in the out of hospital arena with respect to the environment and any urgent or emergency situation encountered. You will be able to safely and effectively identify and differentiate the critically injured patient, including those with an exacerbation of existing illness or disease. You will also be able to ensure the appropriate management of patients with a time-critical injury or illness in accordance with current evidence-based practice.

Outline Syllabus

  • Medical terminology
  • Infusion therapy methods
  • Advanced airway management
  • Comprehensive clinical observations appropriate to the patient's condition, including 12-lead ECG acquisition
  • Interpretation for a range of acute coronary syndromes (ACSs)
  • Applying safe, appropriate and effective, basic and advanced life support across the age ranges
  • History taking
  • Common illnesses and conditions across the age ranges
  • Patient assessment across the age ranges
  • Treatment pathways

Level 6

Core modules

Enhanced Clinical Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop and enhance patient assessment skills in order to form a differential diagnosis.

Expanding Research in Paramedic Practice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to expand and further develop the research knowledge and ability to design and produce a research study proposal. The proposal should direct you towards an area of study to inform your dissertation.

40 credits

You will undertake a structured literature review in an area related to paramedic practice. Your extended literature review will be informed by a research proposal.

Leadership as a Practice Educator
20 credits

This module will enable you to explore how to facilitate lifelong learning in others by developing your mentoring, teaching and assessing skills in the urgent and emergency care setting.

Paramedic Approach within an Integrated Urgent Care Service
20 credits

This module will enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the role of a paramedic within integrated urgent care and clinical assessment services.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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.

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

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

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.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

I enjoy seeing the passion, enthusiasm and caring qualities in our students. I particularly enjoy seeing the development of each paramedic student throughout their education and clinical experience in university and in practice, and I appreciate that every student has a unique journey through the programme. As every paramedic student walks across the stage at graduation each footstep reminds me of their student story.


What you can expect from your School

Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a café and social spaces. The School’s flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library, which is open 24/7 during semesters.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 120

Please note: International applicants who require a student visa are not eligible to apply for the course.

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to application applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics GCSE or Welsh GCSE in Maths / The Welsh GCSE in Maths Numeracy. We will also accept the following alternative qualifications: 

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
The Faculty of Health will accept Edge Hill University's equivalence tests in English and mathematics as 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: 3
    • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
    • Average A Level offer: BBB
    • Are AS level awards acceptable? Maximum of 20 points
    • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

    T Levels

    • T Level requirements: Merit grade in a health/health science/science based subject

    BTEC qualifications

    • National Certificate (RQF): Maximum of 20 points
    • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

    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 to a total of 120 UCAS points

    International Baccalaureate

    • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Additional information: 120 UCAS points required

    Welsh awards

    • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Irish awards

    • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Grades / subjects required: 120 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

    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

    OCR Cambridge Technicals

    • Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
    • Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Alternative qualifications considered

    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.

    Please be advised that we do not accept BTEC or any other Level 3 qualification in Children's Play, Learning and Development.

    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 and relate these to the role of a Paramedic and the NHS Core values.

    Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a student and ultimately as a registered paramedic. Evidence of professional reading such as the HCPC is required and demonstrate how it fits in with the wider health service. In addition, essential aspects are excellent communication skills, good time management skills, a willingness to work flexible shift patterns.

    Reduced Offer Scheme

    As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
    Will I be interviewed?

    Interview required


    6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

    International entry requirements

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

    Can this course be deferred?


    Is a DBS check required?


    Application and selection

    Securing your place at LJMU

    Please be aware that demand for LJMU's Paramedic Science degree is extremely high. Our recruitment quota is capped at 50 places. As we usually receive around 1,700 applications, we strongly advise you to ensure your application is carefully tailored to clearly address all of the entry and shortlisting criteria.

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

    Driving Licence

    All new applications received for September 2022 entry will need to hold a full driving licence. We also require you to have a Provisional C1 licence. This allows you to drive ambulances and other vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes with a trailer up to 750kg.

    You should include the status of your driving licence in your personal statement. Possession of a full driving licence with Class C1 is required for employment as a paramedic in many (not all) ambulance trusts and supports your employability.

    If you are seventeen years of age at the point of application then you cannot be expected to hold a full driving licence. Please ensure you mention this in your personal statement.  You will be expected to have passed your driving test by the start of your programme. Please discuss this with the Admissions Department.

    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.

    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 and relate these to the role of a Paramedic and the NHS Core values.

    Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a student and ultimately as a registered paramedic. Evidence of professional reading such as the HCPC is required and demonstrate how it fits in with the wider health service. 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.

    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.