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BSc Paramedic Science

UCAS Code B780

Our BSc Paramedic Science degree will prepare you for a rewarding career as a paramedic working in a continuously changing healthcare environment.

Paramedic Science

Key facts

  • Award BSc
  • Start date September 2020
  • Duration 36 months
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Accreditations Health and Care Professions Council

Paramedics have a highly responsible role using their skills in a range of emergency and non-emergency situations. You'll be one of the first healthcare professionals to arrive at the scene and we'll ensure you're ready to help others in their moment of need. 

We’ve collaborated with the Scottish Ambulance Service to that our BSc Paramedic Science degree teaches you the skills and competencies you’ll need for the autonomous and dynamic role of a paramedic. We are experts in health education and recognised internationally for our research into out-of-hospital care. Our BSc Paramedic Science degree will teach you the full scope of Paramedic Science practice so you meet the requirements to become a registered Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)*.

*This new course is undergoing the final stages of approval to commence in September 2020. Course validation with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) will take place in spring 2020.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditation

    The course will prepare students to undertake the full scope of practice for a paramedic leading to eligibility for them to apply for registration with the HCPC*.

    *subject to successful validation and accreditation by HCPC.

  • Entry requirements

    SQA Highers

    BBBB

    GCE A Levels

    BBC

    IB Diploma

    32 Points

    BTEC

    DMM

    Essential subjects

    One Higher or A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

    Mathematics National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required
    English National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required

    Widening access students

    Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our .

    Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

  • Other Scottish qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND

    Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

    Essential subjects

    One Higher or A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

    Mathematics National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required.
    English National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required.

  • Other qualifications

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND

    Merits and distinctions

    Essential subjects

    One Higher or A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

    Mathematics National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required
    English National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent required

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

    Applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process.

    Acceptance to this BSc Paramedic Science degree course is subject to a satisfactory occupational health screening and Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) clearance. You must be physically fit and have the strength to lift and carry patients and equipment

    To be a paramedic, you do not need to be able to drive. It is therefore not necessary to have a driving licence to apply. You are however strongly advised to have a full driving licence before starting the course and to obtain your category C1 entitlement before you complete the course. A C1 licence allows you to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes and this licence is usually a requirement of ambulance trusts on application for employment. The employing service will then provide your emergency driver training.

    If your driving licence was issued before January 1997 you will already have category C1 entitlement on your licence. If your licence was issued after this date you will need to apply to the DVLA for a provisional category C1 to be put on your licence. To do this you will have a medical and then undertake the theory elements before the practical test.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in reading, speaking and listening
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in writing and minimum of 185 in reading, speaking and listening
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 185 overall with a minimum of 180 in writing and 185 in reading, speaking and listening
    • Pearson Test of English 67 with a minimum of 60 in writing and 67 in reading, speaking and listening
    • IBT TOEFL 100 with no subtest lower than 20
    • Trinity ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Our BSc Paramedic Science degree will teach you the full scope of Paramedic Science practice so you meet the requirements to become a registered Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our BSc Paramedic Science degree will be delivered by experts from across the health professions, giving you the necessary skills and competencies to deliver out-of-hospital care in a range of health settings. You'll learn with other health care professionals, reflecting the reality of working as a paramedic as part of a wider team.

You will undertake a range of placements in health and social care settings and with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Paramedic placement opportunities will be across Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside.

*Pending course validation by the HCPC.

As this course is still in development, full information about modules will be published soon.

Modules

The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course details

  • Teaching

    Your BSc Paramedic Science degree will provide you with learning experiences in practice learning placements across a wide range of areas. Practice learning will be supported by your engagement with theoretical elements of the course. You’ll develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy. These skills are both graduate attributes and essential skills for a graduate paramedic.

    The course utilises a range of teaching and learning experiences including lectures, small group work, skills, simulation lab and oral presentations. This will equip you with a diverse range of skills to enhance your abilities as a proficient paramedic.

    A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are adopted on this course. Our student-centred approach is central to this, and uses small group teaching (enquiry-based learning or EBL) in combination with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching.

  • Assessment

    You'll be assessed by a range of methods, including: examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice.

  • Work placement opportunities

    Your course will provide you with experiences in practice learning placements in a wide range of areas of paramedic science.

    50% of your placement time will be with the Scottish Ambulance Service and the other 50% will be in a variety of other clinical settings.

    The working environment you are placed in will dictate the hours you are required to work each week.

    Applicants should be prepared to work in a 24/7 health service, this is likely to include nights and weekends during your time in practice placement.

    This will allow you to become accustomed to the working pattern that you could face in paramedic employment upon graduation.

  • Contact

    Please contact us on fhss.ug@stir.ac.uk.

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2019/20 2020/21

    Scottish/EU Students

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2019 and 2020 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2021 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on our University and Europe information pages.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    N/A

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD)*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    N/A*

    *This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

    £9,250*

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    N/A £15,600

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

    The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    In addition, students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

    You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

This BSc Paramedic Science degree will enable you to work as a paramedic or in a range of other settings to contribute to the future of health and social care provision in Scotland.

From September 2021 all paramedics in Scotland entering the profession will be required to have a BSc degree. This is because the role of the paramedic is expanding beyond acute trauma and will have increasing focus on the management of long term conditions, mental health support, support of older persons and preventing hospital admissions.

Following registration with the HCPC, individual paramedics will also be able to take on new roles including prescribing and advanced practice.

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