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Entry requirements for the Paramedic Pre-Degree Experience Pilot Programme

Participation in the pilot guarantees a university interview for a place on a Paramedic Science Degree (BSc) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) or Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) providing the minimum academic entry requirements are met, however entry to any degree is then subject to a successful interview.

Interviews will be held on 25 August in Chelmsford.

To apply for the pilot, you will need to apply for the Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner role via the NHS Jobs website (reference number 247-A&EXPPDPILOTIAP). Recruitment will run from Monday 6 June until midnight Sunday 7 August 2016, and if shortlisted, interviews will be held week commencing Monday 22 August. Applicants will be jointly shortlisted by representatives from your chosen university and EEAST and if you successfully meet the shortlisting criteria you will be offered an interview.

Application for your place on the degree programme via the UCAS system will be required by 15 January 2017, and you will then have an interview at the university and if successful you will be offered a place to join the September 2017 programme.

This pilot is open to individuals who live in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Cambridgeshire, who:

  • Are enthusiastic about gaining experience. No previous care experience is required, but if you have worked in a care setting before, this must be for no more than 12 months duration
  • Are able to meet the NHS Values Criteria
  • Have held a valid UK driving for 1 years and have or be willing to obtain category C1
  • Have the ability to travel to gain the necessary experience;
  • Are able to commence employment as an Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner no later than November 2016 subject to success at interview with EEAST;
  • Are willing to take part in the HEE evaluation process so that we can understand the impact of the experience on you 

Apply here.

University of East Anglia

  • A Level BBB - including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry  + 5 GCSEs C/grade 4 including English and Maths
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in science + GCSE C/grade 4  English and Maths
  • BTEC DDD - + 5 GCSEs C/grade 4 including English and Maths

Full details about this course can be found here. Admissions criteria include: a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care; an interest in people; a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

Typical A-level offer BBB. A science subject at A-level is required with Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry.

Anglia Ruskin University

  • 112 UCAS Tariff Points (Previously 280 UCAS Tariff Points) from a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent). Biology preferred or Science related subject.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, Math’s and Science.


Full details can be found here. If you meet the university entry requirements, apply through UCAS and are successful in your participation in the pilot you will be guaranteed a University interview. However entry to the BSc is subject to a successful university interview.

If you do not currently hold a Level 3 qualification (A Level, BTEC or equivalent) in a relevant subject, you may want to consider an Access to Higher Education course, if you would still like to be considered for the pilot. Most Further Education Colleges offer Access courses and are typically 1 year full-time, which could be completed alongside your work experience with EEAST, if you are successful at interview.  Your commencement on to the degree programme would be subject to successful completion of the Access and a successful interview.  We welcome applications from those who have completed an Access in Applied Science and Health professions.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 (Academic level), or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University or the University of East Anglia.


C1 driving licence

The DVLA website explains the C1 requirement. If you are successful at interview for the pilot programme you will be given details of the website that has the application process for how to obtain the C1 licence if you do not already have it and be given a number of companies that can provide the training  as you will need to complete this before commencing in post.

Funding your degree

Successful applicants must be prepared to fund three years of university studies through self-funding or a student loan. Find out more about student loan eligibility on the gov.uk website, and use the student finance calculator for guidance.

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