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Community Paramedics

What is it like to become a Community Paramedic?

Community Paramedics, sometimes referred to as First contact Community Paramedics, are registered healthcare professionals who are increasingly becoming employed within the primary care environment. To practice and call yourself a Paramedic, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

To be a qualified paramedic you must:

  • Take a full-time approved qualification in paramedic science (e.g. at a university) and then apply to an ambulance service as a qualified paramedic
  • Become a student paramedic with an ambulance service and study while you work
  • Apply for a degree standard apprenticeship in paramedic science with an ambulance service trust

Entry requirements for an undergraduate course are typically; 

two or three A levels, including a science, along with five GCSEs (grades 9-4/A-C), including English language, Maths and Science or equivalent qualifications: 

  • BTEC, HND or HNC, including Science 
  • Relevant NVQ
  • Science- or health-based access course 
  • Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications.

NHS Roles – Paramedic