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Job Description

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

Entry Requirements

You'll need to:

Apprenticeship 

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

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) 
  • college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship.

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.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

Career Path and Progression 

With around 3 years' experience, you could become a:

  • team leader
  • specialist paramedic 
  • emergency care practitioner.

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

Required Skills

  • 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.

Starting Salary

£23,023 to £36,644

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