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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

Please note that due to the special contractual arrangements between the University and NHS Education for Scotland (NES), we are only permitted to recruit Scottish applicants on the BSc Paramedic Science.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

  • Scottish Highers*:
    Standard Entry: ABBB (114 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology
    Minimum Entry: BBBB (108 UCAS Tariff points) including English and 1 science
  • A levels: BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H1 H2 H2 including Biology or Human Biology
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Medical Studies or Access to Health and Sciences or Access to Paramedic Science or Access to Life Sciences (BBB)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Paramedic Science
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points, 3 @ HL including HL Biology

  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Health or Science related subject that includes Human Physiology/Biology 

Entry to the course will be competitive and dependent on the outcome of the selection process and background checks: 

  • Personal interview (which will include numeracy and literacy assessment)
  • Health screening 
  • Membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme

* for more information on standard and minimum entry requirements, see the  drop-down section below

For Paramedic courses that lead to professional registration with the Health and Care Professions  Council (HCPC), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 6.5

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but hold relevant qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

On our course pages, you will find details of our entry criteria listed as Standard Entry Requirements and Minimum Entry Requirements. These are the academic qualifications that, depending on your personal circumstances, you will be required to meet to allow your application to be considered for a place at UWS.

Competition for places on many of our courses can be very high and even if you meet the standard or minimum qualifications stated, there is no guarantee that your application will progress to the next stage of the admissions process. We review individual applications very closely and place great importance on your personal statement and academic reference as well as your academic qualifications before making selection decisions.

Standard Entry Requirements

Our Standard Entry Requirements are the grades that you will need to achieve to allow you to be considered for entry to a specific programme of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Our Minimum Entry Requirements are applicable to those applicants who have not had an equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic ability at school or college and are known as ‘widening access’ applicants. We also sometimes refer to this type of applicant as receiving a ‘contextual’ offer. We may be able to provide you with a contextual offer if you fall into one of the categories below:

  1. You have been in care (care-experienced/care-leaver)
  2. You are a young carer
  3. You have government-recognised asylum or refugee status
  4. You are estranged from your family or guardians
  5. You live in an SIMD decile 1-4 (SIMD20/40)* Scottish postcode area
    *if you are unsure if you live in one of these areas you can check using the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation Postcode calculator SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)

If you fall into any of the first four categories above, please mention this on your UCAS application. We will automatically apply category 5 if it applies to you.

If you have already achieved the required grades for either our standard or minimum entry criteria, we may be able to offer you an unconditional offer for some course areas. If you have not yet achieved these grades, we may be able to make you a conditional offer, which will rely on you achieving further qualifications before you can be accepted on to a programme of study.

Further details of our Admissions processes can be found as follows:


Undergraduate Tuition Fees (Academic Session 2022/23)

Academic Session 2022/23 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time / work-based


£1,820 Cost of study per year (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

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Undergraduate Tuition Fees (Academic Session 2023/24)

Academic Session 2023/24 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time / work-based


£1,820 Cost of study per year (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS)

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How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The on-time application deadline for 2023/24 entry is 25 January 2023, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2023, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via 'UCAS Clearing' if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

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