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Starting September 2020

This new degree course is undergoing the final stages of validation and approval from the University and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


The BSc Paramedic Science course at UWS will provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills for a challenging career in frontline emergency care. You will develop confidence and compassion to deliver high-quality emergency care in a range of settings. On successfully completing our course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Theory and clinical simulation skills learnt at our state-of-the-art campus will be applied and integrated into practical settings. Practice-based opportunities will be both within the Scottish Ambulance Service and in a range of associated health and social care settings across Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire.

Opportunities to work with a team of healthcare professionals will develop an integrated approach to health and social care required for contemporary paramedic practice.

What you will learn

BSc Paramedic Science has been designed to integrate theory and practice-based education. On successful completion, you will be proficient to undertake the full scope of paramedic practice and be eligible to apply to the HCPC to become a registered Paramedic.

The programme has been designed to meet the changing needs of the populations’ health and social care services.

The BSc Paramedic Science programme will provide students exposure to simulated practice and to a range of healthcare settings providing opportunities to practice autonomously and as a member of a range of clinical, integrated health and/or social care teams. It will also incorporate interdisciplinary learning bringing together students from a range of biomedical science, health and nursing programmes.

Placement opportunities

All students will undertake up to 2250 hours of practice-based education over the three years split equally between ambulance and non-ambulance placements.  A range of experiences will ensure exposure to different service users and health professionals and support progression from dependent to independent practice.

While on practice-based learning students will be full time and experience the 24 hour/7 day continuum of care.


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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

For 2020/21 entry, the programme will be open to Scottish domiciled and UK applicants.

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.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology
  • A levels: CDD (80 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Biology
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Medicine, Access to Science, Access to Health and Sciences, Access to nursing: BBB including Biology or Human Biology 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points including Biology

  • Scottish HNC Pass in a 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

English Language Requirements

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

Recognition of prior learning

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

Course details

The course will be modular in structure combining classroom-based face-to-face lectures, workshops and tutorials, simulated practice learning, clinical skills and practice-based education.

*all modules are subject to approval

Year 1

  • Paramedic Science: Principles, Practice and Skills* - 40 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Health and Human Development 1* - 20 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Understanding Self and Society* - 20 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Community Health & Social Care* - 20 credits
  • Investigation and Communication - 20 credits

Year 2

  • Paramedic Science and Practice: Medical Emergencies* - 60 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Health and Human Development 2* - 30 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Building Healthy Communities* - 30 credits

Year 3

  • Paramedic Science & Practice: Emergency Care and Complexities of Practice* - 40 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Evidence Led Enquiry* - 40 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Leadership in Healthcare* - 40 credits

Staff Expertise

As the largest modern university in Scotland, The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has extensive staff, physical resources and services required to deliver the Paramedic Science course.

The programme delivery team led by an HCPC registered Paramedic will include staff who are highly qualified academics registered with relevant professional bodies. The School has a practice learning team who will work with the Scottish ambulance service practice education lead to co-ordinate and support placements. The programme will be further supported through our partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Health Boards.

Teaching & Assessment

The BSc Paramedic Science programme will incorporate a balance of theory and practice-based education learning hours, providing educational opportunities to support the development/demonstration and integration of knowledge, skills and clinical competency required for Paramedic registration.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided clinical laboratory skills work. Theory and skills will be developed and applied in ambulance and non-ambulance placements throughout the course developing your knowledge, skills and understanding required of a paramedic.

The course will use a variety of assessment methods. The following is a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: 

  • Exams
  • Reports 
  • Clinical Practice
  • Skills
  • Case Studies
  • Oral and Poster Presentations
  • Lab assessments

Career Prospects


On successfully completing our course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). An experienced Paramedic can progress to team leader or manager or you may wish to become part of a specialist team.

Further Study

BSc Paramedic Science will provide a foundation for lifelong learning and the recognition for the need for ongoing education and learning. For those graduates who would like to continue to a higher level of learning the degree qualification will provide them with an option for further study leading to postgraduate certificate or diploma or an MSc in a heath care related subject.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£0 Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

Students will be expected to travel to placements which can be within Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran or Dumfries and Galloway. While on placement you will be full time and expected to work the shift pattern of the placement provider which may cover the 24 hour/7 day continuum of care.

The course will use all three terms of the year.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

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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 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 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 2020, 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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