Charlie Jones

Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

  • Formerly an RAF logistics officer
  • Chose Bradford for the unique placement year
Paramedic science student Charlie Jones

Why did you choose to study at Bradford?

I was in the military and once I left I knew I wanted to do a paramedic course, so I was visiting universities at various open days up and down the country.

When I visited Bradford, I found out about the placement year which is unique throughout the country. It was the placement year that really swung it for me, the course looked great, the staff were enthusiastic about it too.

Another thing that is unique about the course is that in your fourth year you can start to specialise, for example in pharmacology or physiology.

What did you do during your time in the military? 

I was a logistics officer in the RAF and managed people that worked on the ground so I felt ready to leave and get into a more hands on role.

During my time in the RAF I was a co-responder with the South-Central Ambulance Service, we'd go out to respond to 999 calls to get that early intervention. I enjoyed it so much I knew I wanted to do this as a career so I started looking into courses.

What's been the highlight of the course so far?

Getting out in the dual crew ambulance is by far the best part of the course. That's what you join up to do, being out on blue lights responding making a tangible difference to people's lives.

To responding to cardiac arrests to small things like helping an old lady off the floor, it gives you a sense of real fulfillment.

Tell us about the facilities you have access to

We have access to Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) facilities. Some of the equipment down there is incredible, there are state-of-the-art simulation suites.

You can change the settings on the defibrillator so you can mock up different scenarios and there's different types of mannequins to practice airway and life support.

Paramedic practice

Why did you choose to live in The Green?

I live in Edinburgh and my last job was in High Wickham so I didn’t know Bradford at all. Trying to find somewhere to live and people to live with before I arrived was daunting so The Green was the best option for me.

It’s a 2-minute walk from uni so you can enjoy a bit of a lie-in and still make your lectures on time. It's also not too far from the city centre and transport links - it's great.

Have you been involved in any clubs or societies?

I'm involved in the volleyball, squash, water polo and badminton teams. I'd definitely recommend people get involved in the sports and societies, when I go down to the Students' Union people always ask how I know so many people and it's because I play sports and go to social events. You get to know people as well as your course mates it's great.

How do you think the experience you are gaining at Bradford will help you once you graduate?

Obviously, you can't be a Paramedic without having a qualification that’s recognised by the HCPC. So, knowing how to do advanced clinical techniques is going to be beneficial but also the specialisation in year four is going to give me so much in-depth knowledge.


Paramedic equipment