BSc Paramedic Science

QMU will offer a three year ordinary degree in Paramedic Science for the first time in 2020. 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. 


Why QMU?

  • An innovative and exciting programme that will prepare the next generation of paramedic clinicians.
  • An interprofessional learning experience alongside a wide range of other health and social care professions unrivalled in any other university in Scotland.
  • Modern surroundings with access to specialist clinical teaching facilities.
  • Experienced academic staff with clinical currency and research expertise.
  • A supportive learning culture that creates a ‘community feeling’ and promotes learner resilience and wellbeing.

About the course

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


The length of the course is three years. You will complete a range of modules each year listed in the following modules section.


Year One

Introduction to clinical assessment and decision making module: This module will introduce you to some key theories and principles of clinical assessment and decision making in paramedic practice. You will learn how to safely approach the scene and persons requiring care at all stages of the lifespan, and to identify important clinical information to enable you to assess and prioritise need. This module will link to your learning in the Physiology and Skills modules to prepare you for Clinical practice.

Skills for paramedic practice 1: This module will enable you to develop key paramedic skills which are important for practice based learning and the paramedic profession. You will be able to apply the theory which you have learned, in the Introduction to clinical assessment and decision making and Physiology modules, to practice. You will learn within our clinical skills facilities at QMU using simulation and virtual reality technology which re-create real-life conditions for assessment and care. We will also help you to develop effective communication skills as this is very important part of all health care professionals’ work and especially for paramedics when helping persons at times of crisis. British Sign Language skills are introduced in this module.

Finding your academic voice: This module will introduce you to key principles of searching, sourcing and using information at university as well as academic writing and critical thinking skills. Paramedics use evidence to guide and inform their practice. The skills you will develop in this module are important for your future professional development and academic work.

Physiology: A sound understanding of anatomy and physiology is an important part of paramedic knowledge. This module will introduce you to the human body and its functions to enable you to assess and diagnose in the future. This module links closely with the Introduction to assessment and decision making module, skills module as well as with paramedic practice.

Developing resilience of self and others for professional paramedic practice: This module will help you to develop strategies that support your personal and professional development. In this module you will learn about person-centred practice within health and social care settings. It will enable you to prepare for work in health care which involves collaborate working and unpredictable situations.

Practice based learning: The main learning in this module will take place in clinical settings. This includes the Scottish ambulance service and other clinical environments e.g. Hospital, care homes and third sector. It will give you the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge to practice, observe and learn from clinicians in practice.

Teaching, learning and assessment

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. 

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available.

More detail on Teaching, learning and assessments 


Practice-based learning will form a major portion of the paramedic course and there will be placement opportunities in each year. Clinical placements will provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory by working directly with patients and qualified staff. 

Exchange opportunities



This course 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 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. Following registration individual paramedics will also be able to take on new roles including prescribing and advanced practice. 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBB, Minimum - BBCC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2, H2, H3, H3

Required subjects: To include Human Biology or Biology and a discursive subject, such as English, History, RMPS, Modern Studies, Philosophy at Higher/ A Level. Also, English and Maths required and second science preferred at Nat 5/GCSE if not studied at Higher level.

International: IELTS of 7.0 with no component lower than 6.5

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications or experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants will be required to take part in an interview.
  • A satisfactory criminal record is required.
  • It is strongly recommend that you hold a full driving licence and you would be encouraged to obtain the category C1 entitlement before completing your studies.
  • The requirements of employment and standards of proficiency require applicants to demonstrate good health and that they can meet the physical requirements of the role of a paramedic.
  • Within the personal statement, we look for applicants to demonstrate problem solving skills, leadership ability, and inclusive attitudes showing an understanding of the role of a paramedic working with vulnerable people in challenging and hazardous environments.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ 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 Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ .

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.