How do I become a Paramedic?
Why a Paramedic?
Being a Paramedic is a highly rewarding job. The traditional role of working in an ambulance service as a Paramedic can at times, be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding, and the shift patterns interfering with family commitments and interrupting social relationships can be difficult to manage. But job satisfaction is high, paramedics give life, deal with death and everything in between. Paramedics employed in the out-of-hospital setting deal with people at some of the most vulnerable times of their lives and with this comes the ability to make a difference, to do something that matters, to help someone in their time of greatest need. The paramedic role is evolving, emerging and becoming effective and valuable in a range of healthcare settings.
What qualifications do I need?
Since 2018, anyone who wants to be a paramedic will have to undertake and complete a degree level course at an approved institution to qualify as a Paramedic and join the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)- Paramedics governing body.
Each University will have their own entry requirements for the course. However, typically you would need a minimum of five (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), including maths, English and science. If you go onto do further study – such as A levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification, you will have a wider range of options open to you, to become a paramedic.
For individuals that do not have the appropriate academic credits several institutions accept various access qualifications which can be undertaken at higher education colleges, including undertaking appropriate access qualifications. Due to the nature of paramedic practice there will be a requirement to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in England and Wales, Access Northern Ireland or the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Scotland, and an occupational health assessment.
Where can I study?
There are a number of institutions (Universities) around the country where you can study to become a Paramedic.
Please click on the link below to find one near you https://www.hcpc-uk.org/education/approved-programmes/