FAQ – I have finished school, what course options are there?

School leavers paramedic course.

At the college, we receive a lot of enquiries from school leavers who are thinking of following a career pathway to become a Paramedic.

When school has ended and it’s time to seriously think of the future of work, here’s a couple of options.

If your ATAR or OP score is good enough, the best school leavers paramedic course option would be to apply to a university and study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science full time for around 3 years.


Enrol in a vocational training course (HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care) to prepare you for entry into university to complete the Bachelor degree. This is essential if your goal is to work as a registered Ambulance Paramedic and be employed by a State Ambulance Service. These Paramedics are the ones we see driving the ambulances and attending to all sorts of emergencies.

If you’re not ready to jump straight into university, then the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is a good choice, because this qualification will prepare you for university studies as well as provide you with an income as you work through the training course.

Find out more about how school leavers are getting really smart and lifting their grades to get into uni.


About the Australian Paramedical College

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital health care training provider in Australia.

We offer three courses in the health scope:

Our nationally recognised paramedical pathway training programs provide a flexible and affordable pathway to employment in the private sector, or as a stepping stone to university. We offer everyone the opportunity to become an emergency healthcare practitioner, regardless of their educational background. We believe you should still pursue your goals even if your school or college grades are not where they should be.

We live in an era where anything is possible when you put your mind to it. With advances in technology and learning methodologies, there is no reason why you can not follow your dreams and become a person who can save lives and contribute to the well-being of the community.


What is your career journey?

To discover how you can become a fully qualified Ambulance Paramedic or Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic, complete a personalised paramedical career development plan.