The role of the paramedic is to assess, treat and manage people in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Paramedics work in a wide range of environments and may work alone or within a team of other health and social care professionals. The new BSc Paramedic Science course will provide students with the necessary skills and competencies to deliver out of hospital care, in a range of health settings as a member of an integrated health and social care team. To do this QMU works closely with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Over the three years you will learn how to respond safely and effectively in emergency and non-emergency situations. You will develop skills of assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of people. Your learning will be underpinned by evidence. Topics in the course include: biological sciences, management of health and illness, communication skills, person-centred practice, leadership and management. We will help you to develop as a critically thinking, reflective professional who is able to work independently or part of a team. Why QMU?
- An innovative and exciting course that will prepare the next generation of paramedic clinicians: This course was developed in response to the need for all paramedics in Scotland entering the profession from 2021 to have an ordinary (BSc level) 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.
- An interprofessional learning experience: You will learn alongside students from a wide range of other health and social care professional courses, unrivalled in any other university in Scotland.
- Professional links: QMU works closely with local health and social care practice partners including Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS Lothian and NHS Borders.
- Great facilities: You will benefit from QMU's modern surroundings and have access to specialist clinical teaching facilities.
- Staff expertise: You will learn from experienced academic staff with clinical currency and research expertise:
- Excellent student support: A supportive learning culture that creates a ‘community feeling’ and promotes learner resilience and wellbeing.
- Professional registration: 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 Health & Care Professions Council(HCPC).
- NEW: Guardian University Guide 2024 ranks QMU's Paramedic Science as 1st in the UK scoring highest on teaching satisfaction, feedback satisfaction and staff to student ratio.
Year One Introduction to Clinical Assessment and Decision Making Skills for Paramedic Practice 1 Finding your Academic Voice Physiology Developing Resilience of Self and Others for Professional Paramedic Practice Practice-based Learning Year Two Pharmacology Using Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Paramedic Practice Health Coaching Skills for Paramedic Practice 2 Paramedic Practice-based Learning 2 Developing a Spirit of Enquiry Year Three Managing Complexity in Paramedic Practice Paramedic Practice –based Learning 3 Being a Person-centred Practitioner Skills for Paramedic Practice 3 Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.
You will learn through face to face sessions and on-line. Learning and teaching approaches include lectures, seminars, practical laboratories and placements. We also use case based approaches, interactive learning, group work, simulation, virtual reality and games. Outside timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. Assessments will include practical work, written exams and assignments.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Health and Care Professions Council
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please note due to placement size we are unable to accept international applications for this course. This is due to limitations on placement length for student visas for UK study
Standard Qualification Requirements
We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international and EU applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/information-for-your-country/. We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 7.0 and with no individual component less than 6.5.
QMU English Language Requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|