Routes to ParamedicWatch
I am keen to train to become a Paramedic, I am keen to know if there are other routes I have not considered.
So far I feel the most achievable way would be to complete an access to healthcare course (Psychology, Sociology, Human Biology & Maths) or access to science course (Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Biology & Maths) at my local college and then apply for uni after that.
Other routes I have seen are apprenticeships and via work progression. I have not seen any apprenticeships advertised locally, there are several Emergency Care Assistant roles locally but I am not experienced in this sector.
It may help to know, I am 28, have a handful of GCSEs at grade C (including Maths & English). I have worked in Retail, Customer Service and IT roles until now.
I'll take a look on the subject forum and see if posting somewhere else may help.
So - I know a lot of people take on applied science/healthcare (which is about 2 years) to then progress further on to their specific interest.
I think it’s worth looking to what the universities want - there are varied courses (foundation and up). Also check Scotland. I think they might still train on the job.
The only other route I knew before applying (in NI anyway) was to get an EMT qualification and work up, then you would apply for the “Paramedic in Practice” programme which was a 2 year learn on the job practice and you got a qualification from the NIAS. That’s changed now. They don’t offer it, but it seems (after talking to a supervisor) that the option is there - starting off in Ambulatory care, then to EMT, but they are now trialling a foundation paramedic degree only open to EMT. They do external trawls sometimes and this is where they train you.
Hope that helps some. Might be worth checking the HCPC site and college of paramedics for alternative routes.