BSc (Hons) Enhanced Paramedic Practice

Course Overview

TUITION FEES: UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package for health related courses offered through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements.

DURATION: This course takes between two-four years of part-time study

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: The course enables paramedics undertaking work-based learning and practice development to gain academic credit for their learning. To apply 120 credits are needed at level 5.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Unfortunately this course is not currently available to international students.

Key Features

Why study at Swansea?

  • Strong links with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST)
  • Paramedical and Nursing Sciences at Swansea University were ranked 14th in the Guardian League Table in 2014.
  • 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2014)
  • 100% of students are satisfied with the academic support they receive (NSS 2014)
  • 100% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2014)
  • Students can undertake two week study and cultural tours to China, Vietnam and Thailand. 

Some modules are available to study through the medium of Welsh.

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The degree in Enhanced Paramedic Practice has been developed to enable Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered paramedics undertaking work-based learning and practice development to gain academic credit for their learning.

Many staff who teach on the programme are Registered Paramedics and still work in practice.

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. Read more here about facilities at the College of Human and Health Sciences. 

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

Entry Requirements

Entry onto the BSc programme requires; current employment as a HCPC registered paramedic and evidence of 120 credits at level 5.

Alternatively, paramedics without 120 credits at level 5 can access the BSc on completion of the Diploma in Enhanced Professional Practice. For example, IHCD paramedics can apply for APeL through assessment of their practice portfolio and be awarded credits for their experiential learning by the college of human health science. The remaining credits will be achieved through the modules within the Enhanced Professional Practice Diploma. 

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

How To Apply

An appropriate diploma or its equivalent from an approved institution and evidence of recent academic study is required or IHCD route to diploma.

Alternatively, evidence of undertaking Continuous Professional Development and possession of a good and relevant professional portfolio can be considered within pre-hospital care or the paramedic profession.

If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of 7.0.

For further information, contact Andy Davies on 01792 513814 or email

Please download an application form here CPD Application Form 2017-18

Unfortunately this course is currently unavailable to international students. Please click here to find out about other opportunities for international students at Swansea

Applications for 2018 are now open and must be received by no later than Friday 21st September 2018.
Induction for the first core module ‘Starting Your Professional Development’ will take place 8-12th October 2018 (9.00-17.00). As these will be the only taught content days held at the University, please ensure you are able to attend.

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Part-time £2,100 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

Course Structure

The BSc Enhanced Paramedic Practice is a 2 year part-time modular course, which will be delivered using blended learning including work based learning and attendance at taught modules if student chooses.

The first module ‘Starting your Professional Development’ will comprise 4 taught days in the College. Subsequent modules will either be existing taught modules from the postgraduate module catalogue with established assessment methods or work based modules which will be assessed by portfolio.

For the work based modules students will, in conjunction with a practice facilitator and programme manager, develop learning contracts which will be aimed at meeting the learning requirements for the module and practice development needs in their practice areas. Merging theory with experience, enhancing practice arises from learning within the work environment, underpinning and contributing to professional development.


Continuing Professional Education

This degree increases the range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) options offered by the College of Human and Health Sciences and is delivered using work-based learning, which enables a flexible approach to study.

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 

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CPD Opportunities for HCPC paramedics

Swansea University provides an opportunity for paramedics to develop their knowledge and skills through higher education whilst remaining in their practice setting. Combine compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with higher education to enhance your career opportunities. This work-based learning approach is open to HCPC registered paramedics in employment.

The duration of the course is flexible to match your individual needs.