Paramedic

Alternative titles for this job include Ambulance paramedic

Paramedics deal with emergencies, giving people life-saving medical help.

Average salary (a year)

£23,023 Starter

to

£36,644 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a paramedic

You can get into this work through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • apply for a trainee scheme

University

You'll need to get a university paramedic qualification that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Full-time courses usually take 3 years.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this role through a paramedic degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an ambulance care assistant. With further training and experience, you could apply for a training scheme as a paramedic.

Volunteering and experience

Entry is very competitive and it may help you if you have volunteered as a community first responder with an organisation like St John Ambulance or an NHS ambulance trust.

Other routes

You could apply for a training scheme as a student paramedic for an ambulance service. You would do your university paramedic qualification on the job.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a paramedic from the College of Paramedics and Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • checking a patient's condition to decide what action to take
  • using electric shock equipment (a defibrillator) to resuscitate patients
  • carrying out surgical procedures like inserting a breathing tube
  • giving medicines and injections
  • dressing wounds and applying supports for broken bones
  • delivering babies
  • working closely with the police and fire services
  • keeping accurate records and checking equipment

Working environment

You could work on an ambulance, at a client's home or in the community.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.

Career path and progression

With around 3 years' experience, you could become a team leader or a specialist paramedic or emergency care practitioner.

You could also move into operations management, education and training, research or human resources.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a paramedic right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Access to Health Science

  • Provider: Burton and South Derbyshire College
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: Burton on Trent

Access to Health Professions (Nursing)

  • Provider: Nelson and Colne College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Nelson

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