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Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Paramedic Science

Subject Area

Access to HE

Student Type


Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

This course is suited to individuals who wish to further study in paramedicine and pursue a career working as a paramedic, a senior paramedic or with the Air Ambulance. The course has been designed to develop academic skills and instil an understanding of the sector, which will prepare you for study at degree level and your chosen career.

Why should I choose the course?

This course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and ability to pursue a career as a paramedic or other paramedic routes. Throughout your time on the course you will be taught and supported by an expert team who are student led and will help you achieve your next steps. We are committed to supporting your needs and progression from start to finish.

What will I learn?

You will study a variety of Paramedic Science modules such as:

  • The role of a paramedic as an individual and within a team
  • Practical investigation (human physiology)
  • Safeguarding in a paramedic setting
  • Health and social care provision
  • Academic writing and study skills (which will take you through your university application and interviews, showing you how to give a presentation).

Please note units may be subject to change.

You will be assessed during the course as each unit is taught and completed. You will be assessed through a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, research projects, and exams. The course is delivered on a blended model, with most sessions being face to face and a small part delivered online.

What will the course lead on to?

Students who achieve this qualification go on to university to study degrees in paramedic science and other health professions. Additionally, students can progress onto careers as a emergency care assistant and ambulance technician. Some ambulance trusts offer a paramedic degree apprenticeship programme

If you study nursing or other allied health professional courses, you may be eligible for the NHS bursary of £5000.

Are there any links with industry and university?

Universities expect adults who apply for some vocational degrees to have previous relevant paid or voluntary experience.

If you do not already have this experience, you will be required to organise relevant experience before you begin the course. For example, if you are aiming for a paramedic science degree, voluntary experience working within healthcare would be an advantage.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

During your course your learning will be enhanced by dedicated tutors who have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience. The college also houses a dedicated Health & Social Care Academy, which contains state-of-the-art facilities including a mock hospital ward. These outstanding facilities will ensure you gain valuable skills in a realistic setting, preparing you for employment in the sector. Throughout your course you will also benefit from our fantastic industry connections, which will enable you to gain valuable industry insight and hear from professionals currently working in the field. We have excellent progression rates on to higher education, with many students securing a place at their first-choice university.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to hold GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.

If you hold equivalent qualifications to GCSE we strongly advise you to check university entry requirements to confirm they will accept your equivalent qualifications.

If you do not meet the entry requirements

  • Don’t worry - you can apply for our Level 2 Pre-access course which will prepare you for the Access to Higher Education course. You must hold one GCSE in English or maths at grade C/4 or above or equivalent. You will be required to study the outstanding English or maths qualification alongside the level 2 course.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

Apart from the course and examination fees, you will need the usual student stationery such as pens, paper, and files. The purchase of textbooks is not compulsory - there is a wide selection of books available in our dedicated Learning Resource Centre. Should you wish to purchase textbooks, your subject tutors will recommend suitable books.

Careers Information

Cheshire & Warrington IoT

Institutes of Technologies (IoTs) are a national network of partnerships between local colleges, universities, and leading employers. Winsford campus’ IoT specialises in healthcare and life sciences and houses a dedicated Health & Social Care Academy and a Life Sciences Academy featuring industry-standard equipment, specialist technologies, and a fully-equipped science laboratory.

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Course options

Starts Sep 2024

35 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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Starts Sep 2024

35 Weeks
Class Times
Winsford Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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