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BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Your pre-enrolment event

Join us at Manchester St James’ on Thursday 21 July from 10am – 2pm. This pre-enrolment event is the perfect opportunity to explore our outstanding facilities, meet your tutors and get to know your classmates before starting your programme later this summer.

If you haven’t already booked your place, email us at [email protected]


Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment, this date will be confirmed at a later date.

Can we remind you that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.

To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. At such short notice, the OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department base in Wigan and it’s your responsibility to ensure that you attend.

Please note that most of our placement settings will require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Course start date

The start date for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice degree programme will be Monday 12 September 2022.

Full details about your induction week timetable will be published on these web pages over the coming weeks and you will be advised by email when this information is available to view.

Please note that your programme is classed as having a non-standard start date. On the information page for term dates, you should look under the tab for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, followed by School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. Your programme term dates can be found under BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice – Year 1 (Sept-22 cohort).

View your Term Dates

Induction Week heads-up

During your Induction Week, you will have the opportunity to get to know your classmates and tutors, learn more about your programme, tour Manchester City Centre and much more. You will receive your Induction Week timetable later this summer, so keep an eye on your emails.

Any pre-arrival events, either virtual or in person, will be communicated via email, so make sure [email protected] is in your safe senders list to avoid missing out on any important information. 




Things to do now

Edge Hill University trains and educates Paramedics who, upon completion and registration, are classed as being ‘fit for purpose’ for the professional role of a Registered Paramedic. The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the professional registering and regulatory body for Paramedics within the UK. Upon successfully completing our programme, you will meet the professional requirements for paramedic practice and be eligible to register with the HCPC as a Paramedic, a title now protected by law within the UK.

You may wish to look at the HCPC website, which will give you detailed information about the regulatory codes and standards expected of a Paramedic. You may also want to look at the College of Paramedics website, which will give you further information on curriculum guidance and the broader work of the college itself. As a student paramedic, you will be eligible to become a member of the college.


Suggested reading

During Induction Week, you will be provided with a comprehensive reading list of key texts, and guidance from your tutors on how to make the most of them. In the meantime, you may wish to make a start with some reading.

Politics textbooks have a habit of becoming out of date rather quickly. So we don’t recommend you buy any until you are on the course and have a clearer idea of what you need. However you can prepare by looking for the following in large public libraries.

  • Besly et al (2018) How Parliament Works (might be listed under Rogers) London. Routledge
  • Ferdinand et al (2018) Politics. Oxford. OUP.
  • Westen (2008) The Political Brain. New York. Public Affairs.

Also look for political biographies, autobiographies, memoirs and diaries. Material by or about any current or recent politician or political operator will be useful. We particularly recommend:

  • Balls, Ed (2016) Speaking Out. London. Biteback
  • Clarke, Kenneth (2016) Kind of Blue. London. Macmillan
  • Seldon, Anthony (2019) May at 10. London. Biteback
  • Campbell, Alastair (2011 and later) Diaries

You will be studying Political Theories in your first year and you can often find some of the key texts on line. They should also be available in cheap paperback form and are guaranteed not to go out of date. If you can, have a look at one or more of these:

  • Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty
  • Marx and Engels. The Communist Manifesto

Finally, it is worth getting to know some of the political commentators with blogs or twitter feeds. We recommend:

  • Conservative Home
  • Labour List
  • Lib Dem Voice
  • Britain Elects

Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself