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Student Paramedic Apprenticeship

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Working Life

When you’re a qualified paramedic, no day is ever the same. You’ll work in a range of emergency and non-emergency situations, using your judgement and skills to quickly access a patient’s condition and make life-saving decisions.    


You’ll be trained to resuscitate and stabilise patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. In an emergency, you may use high-tech equipment such as defibrillators, spinal and traction splints, as well as administering oxygen and drugs. 

You’ll often work alongside the police and fire and rescue services. Along with your patients, you’ll also support their relatives, friends and members of the public, some of whom might be highly agitated. 


As a paramedic, you’ll be the senior member of a two-person team, with an emergency care assistant or technician to support you. You may also work on your own using a motorbike or bicycle, or provide advice over the telephone from a control room or clinical hub.


Paramedics work closely with other healthcare teams in the community, such as GPs, occupational therapists, mental health teams, diabetes specialists and doctors and nurses in hospital emergency departments.


Based primarily at a local ambulance station, you’ll work shifts, including evenings and weekends and will work in all types of weather conditions.

Entry Requirements


  • at least five GCSEs, grade 4/C or above, including English, maths and science, ​or;

  • equivalent academic qualification with a high level of health or science content.


The Journey to become a registered Paramedic with

Rapid Response


The journey to becoming a Registered paramedic in the UK is a challenging but rewarding process. It will take between 3 and 4 years to complete all elements of the program during which time you will be working on an ambulance with a fully qualified member of staff gaining skills and knowledge. The first part of your journey will be via a national apprenticeship program. The second part will be a degree level program.


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  1. Successfully apply and pass our assessment process (see section…)

  2. Attend your initial basic training and induction and emergency driving course at our National Academy (

  3. You will now be a qualified Emergency Care Assistant and able to work on emergency ambulances to gain skills alongside a Paramedic or EMT.

  4. Work in practice on an ambulance gaining skills and sign off

  5. You will now reattend our national academy one week each month, the other 3 working weeks will be spent on placements on an ambulance with a mentor.

  6. Complete final end point assessment and qualify as a Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) (

  7. Enrol with one of our partner universities on a Paramedic Science BSc which will involve block release to university or our national academy. Delivery is a mix of attendance, placement and self-directed study.