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Paramedic Science

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Required subjects: To include Biology and a discursive subject, such as English or History. Also, English and Maths required at GCSE grade C or 4 and second science preferred at GCSE if not studied at Higher level.

Pass required for Access in science subject. Also, English and Maths at GCSE grade C or 4.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3

Required subjects: To include Biology and a discursive subject, such as English or History. Also, English and Maths required and second science preferred at Ordinary Level grade O4 or Higher Level grade H5 if not studied at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

In science subjects. Also, English and Maths at GCSE grade C or 4.

Scottish HNC

Pass

In Science subject, preferably including Biology. Also, English and Maths required at National 5 grade C.

Scottish HND

Pass

In Science subject, preferably including Biology. Also, English and Maths required at National 5 grade C.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

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

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104-108

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Paramedic science

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.

- 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.

Modules

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
Behaviour change
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.

Assessment methods

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,500
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Health Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
med
Paramedic science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

57%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

66%
Therapy professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Allied health

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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