How To Become A Paramedic


The Job

Paramedics are the senior healthcare professional called to a medical emergency or accident. Working as part of a rapid response team, paramedics deal with a range of emergency situations, assessing a patientís condition and providing essential treatment. Paramedics are trained to administer drugs and oxygen, carry out emergency surgical procedures and use hi-tech equipment, such as defibrillators and intravenous drips. The role also involves liaising with other emergency services, dealing with members of the public and assisting with patient care in hospitals. To be a paramedic, you will need good teamwork and communication skills, clear judgement and the ability to stay calm and focused under pressure.

Annual Salary

Paramedic Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level -

Minimum Qualifications

Entry to paramedic training is via an approved higher education training programme. To begin training as a paramedic you will normally need a minimum of 5 GCSEs, including English, maths and a science, plus at least 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Recommended Qualifications

In order to qualify as a paramedic you must complete a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) programme in paramedic science at a university or an approved training provider, such as an ambulance trust. A list of approved training providers can be found on the NHS careers website. Students applying for a full-time paramedic course at university should apply through UCAS.

Average Working Hours Per Week = Between 35-40


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

2-5 Years

What Next/Career Development

With three or more years paramedic experience you can apply for positions as a senior paramedic or emergency care practitioner, which enables you to give emergency and non-emergency care to community patients and at minor injury units. With additional training you could specialize in areas such as education and training, research, human resources or management.

Facts And Figures

The health sector is the UKís largest employer, representing 5.5% of the working age population.
There are roughly 14,000 registered paramedics in England*.

* Source: HCPC (2011 figures).