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. *to receive funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 18 months following the completion of the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BB or CCC 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 (HCPC). 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 Services NHS Trust (WAST)
  • Graduate starting salary of £21,176 plus up to 25% unsocial hours
  • Our large clinical practice rooms with a range of techology and equipment create an authentic clinical environment
  • 50% of the course is spent in practice undertaking key clinical placements within the NHS and at Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust facilities 

 But University isn’t just about studying. Swansea offers a great student experience in a beautiful environment. Here are a few more reasons why you should choose Swansea


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHE107Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)40Developing the Emergency Care Role
SHE108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)40Developing Professional Practice, Principles and Judgment for Pre-hospital Care
SHE109Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Core Pre-Hospital Care Skills
SHE110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Basic Pre-Hospital Care Skills

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHE213Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Clinical Decision Making Within the Healthcare Team
SHE214Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Planning and Evaluating Paramedic Care
SHE215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Independent Professional Practice Delivery


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.


Read more here about facilities at the College of Human and Health Sciences. Take a virtual tour of the campus here.

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.

Entry Requirements

Minimum BB or CCC 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 is considered an advantage. A provisional C1 licence will be required by the start of the course and funding for C1 training is usually provided.

A full C1 licence is usually required for employment as a paramedic with NHS Ambulance Trusts. Please note that some health or medical conditions may prevent affected individuals from attaining a C1 driving licence. For further information on health conditions and driving, contact the DVLA.


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

If you suspect you have a latex allergy, please discuss with the Occupational Health department before applying.

How To Apply

Applications for HE Dip Paramedic Science must be made directly to the College Of Human and Health Sciences admissions department by January 15th  2019. Applicants do not need to apply through UCAS but are advised to apply early in the academic year.

  • Applicants need to demonstrate a strong educational profile
  • An A2 level in a science subject would be an advantage
  • If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of 7.0 with no element beyond 6.5
  • Care experience is helpful but not essential
  • Candidates will be expected to participate in interviews. 

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.

To request an application form or for more information call +44 (0) 1792 518531 or email

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
HEDip Full-time NHS 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.

Additional Costs

 There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course but you may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying, buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • Students are issued with a stethoscope but most prefer to buy their own.
  • All texts are available in the library but students may want to own recommended books or those on reading lists
  • Uniforms are provided by the College
  • Other costs will depend upon the individual’s eligibility for the bursary and travel expenses. This can only be confirmed on an individual basis

Fees and Funding

From September 2017, any student studying an NHS course (Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Healthcare Science) has the choice as to whether they receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme or via Student Loans and Grants. In normal circumstances, students cannot change their funding route. Exceptional cases will be considered through an appeals mechanism.

To receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 18 months following the completion of their course. (different timescales apply for courses of different durations).

It is advised that all students read the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme FAQ’s and Terms and Conditions.


Find out more about tuition fees at Swansea.


Course Structure

The full-time course starts in September, before normal term time and runs until August with two weeks off at Christmas, two at Easter and three weeks non-term time in the summer.

Students will undertake 3,000 hours educational training throughout the programme which has a 50:50 theory/ practice ratio.

Seven composite modules are assessed over the two years.  All are compulsory and must be passed.

Students are supported by Practice Placement Educators, Personal Tutors and appropriate academic staff.

Teaching will take place at Swansea University’s Singleton Park Campus, the Welsh Ambulance National Training College, Swansea and at key NHS clinical placement areas in Wales and in the community on board operational ambulances.

Year 1: Paramedic science students will:

  • Learn basic concepts of patient care
  • Develop knowledge of major body systems and related pathologies
  • Perform patient assessment and identify life-threatening conditions
  • Practise Basic Life Support and defibrillation based on current national clinical guidelines
  • Learn to interpret clinical observations to treat patients
  • Learn about legal, ethical and professional principles
  • Develop reflective practice skills

Year 2: Integrating academic study and practice placements continues. Students will:

  • Learn how to be clinically safe and accurate when working alone or as part of a team
  • Further develop knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • Learn about factors that influence health and illness
  • Practise Advanced Life Support and paramedic interventions, such as advanced airway management techniques, administration of intravenous fluid and drug administration
  • Learn about the principles and relevance of research
  • Further develop reflective practice skills


Students can exit the course with one of two awards:

Certificate of Higher Education (Emergency and Unscheduled Care)

Students must pass 120 credits at level four to receive this certificate. Students can complete the scheme in one year. Students exiting the course at the end of year one will not be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a paramedic.

 Diploma of Higher Education (Paramedic Science Studies)

Students must pass 240 credits, of which 120 credits must be at level five to receive a diploma. Full-time students complete the scheme in two years. Students who attain the Higher Education Diploma in Paramedic Science will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for paramedic registration.

Here is a full list of term dates.

ASSESSMENT:  Students are assessed in practice by Practice Placement Educators, and in College through simulation and also by exam and written assignment.

Careers in Paramedic Science

Places on this course are funded according to how many paramedic jobs are expected to be available upon completion

Most Paramedic Science graduates take up clinical roles, either within the NHS or the private sector. 

Paramedics can expect to start on NHS Band 5 (£21,176) plus up to 25% unsocial hours payment. Private sector salaries may be considerably more depending on the setting.

Graduates with appropriate clinical experience and educational profiles  can go on to become Specialist Practitioners, Advanced Paramedic Practitioners or Consultant Paramedics,  some go into management or education.

Swansea University assists with career development by offering work-based learning programmes.  Many students go on to study the BSc (Hons) Enhanced Paramedic Practice

The department also offers continuing professional education modules in:

  • Acute Cardiac Care
  • Foundations in Cardiac Care
  • Rapid Response to Acute Illness
  • Management of Critical Illness
  • Assessment and Management of Minor Illnesses
  • Minor Injuries for Ambulance Practitioners 

Visit our employability web pages to read our Paramedic Science graduate success stories 

Students are encouraged to attend Swansea Employability Academy events and workshops held across campus each year. 


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.