BSc Paramedic Science

Our BSc Paramedic Science degree will prepare you for a rewarding career as a paramedic working in a continuously changing healthcare environment. This course is currently only available for students domiciled in Scotland.

Paramedic Science

Key facts

  • Award BSc
  • Start date September 2024
  • Application notes We are no longer accepting applications for September 2024 entry
  • Duration 36 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code B780


The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


The role of a contemporary paramedic is rapidly evolving within the modern health care system as they deploy their skills in an increasing range of emergency and non-emergency situations.

Our BSc Paramedic Science degree will equip you with the knowledge, skills and proficiencies to meet the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) enabling you to apply to register as a paramedic with the HCPC following successful completion of the course.

We are experts in health education and recognised internationally for our research into out-of-hospital care. The BSc Paramedic Science degree course will enable you to contribute to the graduate healthcare workforce through an innovative educational experience founded on personal growth, effective relationships and excellence in clinical practice.

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.

You will gain essential knowledge and skills to equip you to work autonomously, safely minimising risk and ensuring the quality of your practice. You'll actively participate in a wide range of dynamic care settings, experiencing the roles of the paramedic and how they relate to other disciplines such as the emergency services and health and social care.

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Professional accreditation

The course has been approved by the The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will prepare students to undertake the full scope of practice for a paramedic leading to eligibility for them to apply for registration with the HCPC.

Prizes or awards

Students will have the opportunity to submit work for the annual Carol Furber Award from the College of Paramedics.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

SQA Highers


GCE A Levels


IB Diploma

30 Points

BTEC (Level 3)


Essential subjects

One Higher or A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Widening access students

Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND

Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses

University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP Access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Essential subjects

To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND

Merits and distinctions

English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses

Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

Essential subjects

To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics

International entry requirements

Advanced entry

Advanced entry to the programme is currently not available.

Additional information

If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process.

Acceptance to this BSc Paramedic Science degree course is subject to a satisfactory occupational health screening and Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) clearance. You must be physically fit and have the strength to lift and carry patients and equipment

To be a student paramedic you do not need to be able to drive. It is therefore not necessary to have a driving licence to apply. You are however strongly advised to have a full driving licence before starting the course and to obtain your category C1 entitlement before you complete the course. A C1 licence allows you to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes and this licence is usually a requirement of ambulance trusts on application for employment. The employing service will then provide your emergency driver training.

If your driving licence was issued before January 1997 you will already have category C1 entitlement on your licence. If your licence was issued after this date you will need to apply to the DVLA for a provisional category C1 to be put on your licence. To do this you will have a medical and then undertake the theory elements before the practical test.

If you have a health condition stated in group 2 driving standards for emergency driving as determined by the DVLA, future Ambulance Service employers require disclosure of these health conditions in the same way they are notifiable to the DVLA. In addition, Ambulance Services may stipulate a maximum number of penalty points on your license - enquiries should be made direct to any prospective employer in these regards.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in speaking, listening and reading.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and 67 in speaking, listening and reading.
  • IBT TOEFL 94 overall with 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 20 in listening and 22 in speaking.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

Our BSc Paramedic Science degree aims to:

  • prepare you as a professional graduate who has the required knowledge, skills, values and attributes to work autonomously with people and address their immediate and/or ongoing needs;
  • cultivate your evidence-based clinical decision-making skills to maximise healthcare outcomes;
  • develop your leadership qualities and skills to enable you to lead and influence quality in healthcare delivery and outcomes;
  • foster and enhance your awareness of the impact of culture, diversity and equality on health and wellbeing;
  • foster and enhance your communication and relationship skills enabling you to work in partnership with a diverse range of people and other professionals;
  • enable you to be a self-aware, resilient, responsible and reflective lifelong learner;
  • develop your graduate attributes enabling you to be a confident, aspirational subject specialist who is connected, innovative and transformational;
  • and ultimately, ensure you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council as a paramedic and the University award of Bachelor of Science.


The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the academic year that starts in September 2024. Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details


Our BSc Paramedic Science degree course has a blended teaching and learning approach across the three years, adopting a range of online, interactive, and face to face teaching strategies.

There will be inter-professional education opportunities throughout the course both within theory and practice elements. For example, within year one of the course, you will learn with adult and mental health student nurses sharing theoretical modules on clinical skills, anatomy and physiology, mental health and well-being.

Teaching and learning throughout the course will be contextualised through the use of scenarios developed in partnership with our service users and carers relating to aspects of paramedic practice.

Scenario based learning will be a focus within the taught elements of the course, along with an emphasis on reflection and personal development.


You will be assessed through a range of methods, including:

  • presentations
  • essays
  • reflective writing
  • examinations (MCQs and scenario based short answer questions)
  • OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
  • assessment of practice learning

Classroom hours

Will vary throughout the course. A timeline for the course is published identifying theory and practice times. Regularly check individual modules for teaching and learning activities.

Work placement opportunities

There are six practice based education modules within the BSc Paramedic Science course.

Your placement time will take place with the Scottish Ambulance Service and in other healthcare related areas, such as acute medicine, maternity care and adult care areas. The diverse range of experiences enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required for your future practice as a paramedic.

During your programme of study, your placements will be allocated across three health boards - NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley and NHS Tayside. 

The working environment you are placed in will dictate the hours you are required to work each week.

Applicants should be prepared to work in a 24/7 health service, this is likely to include nights and weekends during your time in practice placement.

This will allow you to become accustomed to the working pattern that you could face in paramedic employment upon graduation.


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Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Fees for BSc Paramedic Science
Fee status  Annual fee

Students domiciled in Scotland


This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

This course is only available to students with a tuition fee status of Scottish.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course. If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee. For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.


Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

All SAAS-eligible students are entitled to a £10,000 bursary each year for Years 1-3 of study, and an additional £7,500 if completing an Honours year. Find out more about paramedic, nursing and midwifery funding from SAAS.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.


Students domiciled in Scotland

All SAAS-eligible students are entitled to a £10,000 bursary each year for Years 1-3 of study, and an additional £7,500 if completing an Honours year. Find out more about paramedic, nursing and midwifery funding from SAAS.

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

International (including EU) students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

This course will prepare you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Once registered you will be eligible to apply for posts in both the public and private health care sectors.

The double-crewed ambulance role continues to form the traditional foundation on which a newly qualified paramedic develops their skills and knowledge. However, further opportunities exist within a single crewed Paramedic Response Unit (PRU) where they attend the more sensitive 999 calls and support other front-line ambulance clinicians.

With further post registration education, paramedics can apply to work within the NHS Ambulance Service Special Operations Response Teams (SORT)/Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) who specialise in:

  • mass-casualty and multi-casualty incident management;
  • chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents;
  • water rescue;
  • terrorist-related incidents.

Paramedics can also apply to work in one of the centrally funded or charity-funded helicopter emergency medical services that operate across the country.

The move towards the specialist and advanced roles continues to evolve. For the more experienced paramedic, and one who has attained post-graduate qualifications, opportunities exist within both the urgent and unscheduled care setting and in pre-hospital critical care teams.

Alternative non-clinically focused career options are also available particularly leadership and management, research and development and education within the NHS, private sector and higher education institutions (College of Paramedics Post-Registration – Paramedic Career Framework 4th Edition 2018).

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What our students said

Ida Talghari
Ida Talghari
United Kingdom
BSc Paramedic Science
I've loved my time studying at the University of Stirling. I have developed my interpersonal and clinical skills to levels I didn’t know they could be developed to! These skills will be invaluable to me in my career as a paramedic.
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Devlin Frew
Devlin Frew
United Kingdom
BSc Paramedic Science
I enjoyed my ambulance-based placements and clinical skills days most throughout the course as they allowed for a practical manner of learning. I believe the course I’ve studied has left me prepared to enter my chosen field.
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Roisin Toland
Roisin Toland
United Kingdom
BSc Paramedic Science
Seeing and experiencing different hospital departments along with different ambulance stations across the three NHS regions was great, as I was able to see how different places worked and how each health board differed in their pathways.
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Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.