BSc in Paramedic Science

General

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Program Description

The modern paramedic treats and cares for people locally, or in their home, to assist in reducing avoidable hospital admissions, as well as for emergency situations. Throughout this challenging and exciting programme you will learn alongside other healthcare practitioners reflecting the collaborative nature of working in a modern healthcare system.

BSc Paramedic Science is the first full-time undergraduate degree of its kind in Scotland. Our state of the art simulation laboratory, including high fidelity mannequins and technology will give you an authentic learning experience delivered by excellent lecturers from a variety of clinical backgrounds.

Practice-based education within the Scottish Ambulance Service in addition to a range of placements within health and social care will allow you to link and enhance the theory and practical knowledge and skills gained in teaching time.

Your progress will be assessed through practical assessments, Objective Structured Clinical Exams, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, and a practice assessment document. Your progress will be assessed through practical assessments, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, and clinical placement competency logbooks.

Your career

This programme will enable you to apply to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a paramedic. Whilst the majority of paramedics find employment within an ambulance service, there are increasing opportunities for graduates to work in a range of health and social care settings.

What you will study

In Development

This is a new programme and modules are in development at the time of publication

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including English and preferably Biology, plus Nat 5 Maths

A Level

BCC and preferably Biology, plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher

H2 H3 H3 H3 including English and preferably Biology at Higher plus Ordinary level Maths at O2.

HNC

HNC in a relevant Health related subject.

SWAP

A Health or Science related area at grades BBB.

Additional requirements

Applicants will be required to attend interview as part of the admissions process. Acceptance to this programme is subject to a satisfactory occupational health screening and PVG clearance.

You must be physically fit and have the strength to lift and carry patients and equipment.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will be required to hold the equivalent of an IELTS test score of overall 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.

Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

Professional accreditation

This programme will enable you to apply to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a paramedic (subject to approval).

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Last updated Feb 2020

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