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Overview

Prepare for a career as a paramedic with UWS’s BSc Paramedic Science programme.

This programme will help you develop confidence, compassion and the skills required to deliver high-quality care for a challenging career in frontline emergency care.

On successfully completing this programme you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

 

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

  • You’ll put the academic theory learned in the classroom into practice in our Lanarkshire Campus’s state-of-the-art clinical simulation environments.
  • Practice-based opportunities will be based 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 within a team of healthcare professionals will help you develop an integrated approach to health and social care approaches required for contemporary paramedic practice.

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Paramedic Science Programme Leader

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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 or Access to Science or Access to Health and Sciences or Access to Nursing: BBB including Biology or Human Biology 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points including HL 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

You’ll undertake practice-based education over the three years of this programme in both ambulance and non-ambulance placements. 

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

This will expose you to a range of different service users and health professionals and support progression from dependent to independent practice.

Year 1

  • Paramedic Science: Paramedic Science: Principles & Practice - 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

LEARNING AND TEACHING:

  • Scheduled teaching: 20%
  • Independent learning: 42%
  • Practice-based education: 38%

ASSESSMENT:

  • Observed structured clinical assessment: 33%
  • Coursework: 66%

 

Year 2

  • Paramedic Science: Patient Assessment and Clinical Decision Making - 60 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Health and Human Development 2 - 30 credits
  • Paramedic Science: Building Healthy Communities - 30 credits

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING:

  • Scheduled teaching: 15%
  • Independent learning: 34%
  • Practice-based education: 51%

ASSESSMENT:

  • Observed structured clinical assessment: 50%
  • Coursework: 50%

Year 3

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

LEARNING AND TEACHING:

  • Scheduled teaching: 15%
  • Independent learning: 43%
  • Practice-based education: 42%

ASSESSMENT:

  • Observed structured clinical assessment: 33%
  • Coursework: 66%

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

Jobs

This programme will prepare you for a career as a paramedic that can progress to managerial roles or as part of a specialist team.

Further career options include working in primary or secondary care, events medicine and providing medical cover for a range of industries such as the sports and entertainment sector.

Further Study

The programme provides a foundation for ongoing education and learning, with an option for further postgraduate study.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

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

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

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

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

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost per year of study

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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.

Find out more.

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.

Find out more.

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.

Find our more.

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.

Find out more.

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.

Find out more.

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.

Find out more.

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 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 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 2021, 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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