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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:Pending
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This new, practice-based Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) has been specially developed by the University of Bedfordshire to give you the skills you need to follow a career as an associate ambulance practitioner, working as part of a primary emergency-care team.

Associate ambulance practitioners (AAPs) respond to emergency-care calls - as well as non-urgent calls such as hospital transfers - allocated by the Ambulance Operations Centre. This includes driving and working in the rear of an ambulance as the responsible clinician.

On this course, you can expect to experience all aspects of the AAP role. You learn to assess, treat and manage the needs of the people in your care, across a range of settings and situations. You study a range of topics taught by paramedic lecturers and other healthcare professionals such as nurses, operating department practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers. So your learning benefits from the expert knowledge of those with real experience working in the health and social care sector.

What is an HTQ?

HTQs are a new qualification equivalent to a HNC or Higher Apprenticeship and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. This HTQ meets the occupational standards needed to work in the health and care sector. After successfully completing this course and your preceptorship (a final transition period when you are supported by an experienced practitioner), you receive a Level 4 Certificate in Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP).

Why choose this course

  • It covers both theory and practice in both real and simulated environments, ensuring you qualify with the competence and confidence to hit the ground running

  • It is designed and delivered in partnership with local employers, offering a practice-led and competency–based curriculum based on the NHS Constitution

  • Our external partners and practice experts contribute to the course delivery, providing support, additional specialist knowledge and experience

  • Our health and care students benefit from a range of modern facilities and equipment including state-of-the-art simulation units

  • You learn a range of transferable skills including problem-solving; decision-making; having professional conversations; and presenting arguments

  • If you are already working within the health and care sector, the course is an ideal way to upskill or change direction to fill skills shortages and workforce gaps

  • Previous University of Bedfordshire students of ambulance-based courses have started work in the sector and many continue their studies to degree level and beyond in Paramedic Science or other health and social care courses
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

The campus where this course is taught

Why study in the School of Community, Society and Health?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Study in simulation labs for real life scenarios

Entry Requirements

More information on entry requirements will be coming soon.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking could be suitable for entry to a course and talk through study options.

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E: admission@beds.ac.uk

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Entry Requirements


More information on entry requirements will be coming soon.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking could be suitable for entry to a course and talk through study options.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

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Fees and Funding


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Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student