Key Info

Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Studies

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree NFQ Level 8
CAO points history
378*
Course code
LM103
Duration
4 Years
Subject area
Health Sciences
Course Director
Paramedic Studies
Email
paramedicstudies@ul.ie
Admissions:
Tel
+353 (0)61 233755

If you are the type of person who can demonstrate accurate decision and evaluation skills to provide the best patient care possible, then this course will be interesting to you. Key personal attributes include an ability to work under pressure, calm and caring demeanour with flare for initiative and innovation.

Why study Paramedic Studies at UL?

As the first university in Ireland to currently offer Paramedic Studies at undergraduate degree level, our innovative campus with state-of-the-art high fidelity simulation, offers unequalled opportunities for the developing paramedic student.

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What you will study

The curriculum has 4 main domains:

  • Knowledge of Health and Illness 
  • Clinical and Anatomical Skills 
  • Professional Skills
  • Pre-Hospital Research

You will be taught via Problem Based Learning (PBL). The ‘problems’ are highly structured hypothetical clinical cases, each of which takes a week to work through. Each semester, students are divided into groups of seven or eight, each with its own tutor in a tutorial room, with PC, state of the art AV equipment and walls lined with whiteboards. The group meets with the tutor to work through the week’s case. The tutor acts as teacher and facilitator, guiding the group through the sequence of steps which have been devised to help students learn from the clinical cases. Each step and new development in the case (such as results of investigations or details of drugs prescribed) is only given out after the group has finished discussing the previous step.

Off Campus Programme

In Year 1, Semester 2 with core knowledge and skills acquired, students are required to attend a wide range of clinical placements. Allied health placements as well as emergency and non-emergency ambulance deployments form the basis for your undergraduate experience; these include: Coronary Care, Emergency Department, Operating Theatres, Paediatrics, Maternity, Fire and Rescue, Learning Disabilities, Care of the Elderly Person.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Human Science (Biology, Physics & Chemistry) Core Anatomy and Physiology (Part B)
Structure of the Body in Illness and Injury Principles of Emergency Care 1
Core Anatomy and Physiology (Part A) Principles of Emergency Care 2
Paramedic and Population Health Respiratory System in the Community
Patient Centred Practice Cardiovascular System in the Community
Emergency Driving Theory  
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer
Rostered Clinical Placement 1 Rostered Clinical Placement 2 Rostered Clinical Placement 3
Semester 1 Semester 2
Anatomy and Physiology in Emergent Care 1 Principles of Pre-Hospital Emergency Care 1

Anatomy and Physiology in Emergent Care 2

Principles of Pre-Hospital Emergency Care 2
Semester 1 Semester 2
Professional Development in Paramedic Practice Introduction to Emergent Care Research

Population Health and Emergent Care

Pre-Hospital Research Proposal

Leadership and Mentorship in Pre-Hospital Education

 

Frequently Asked Questions

All applications for the Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Studies (LM103) must be made through the CAO. Information about applying through the CAO is available at www.cao.ie 

 

 Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

In addition, applicants must hold an O6/H7 grade in one of the following Laboratory Science subjects: Biology; Physics, Chemistry; Physics and Chemistry; or Agricultural Science. 

Applicants must also have a full, clean B and provisional C1 driving license. 

Students are required to successfully complete a Garda Vetting process and Occupational Health Clearance 

Mature Students who wish to be considered for a place on the grounds of mature years must interview for a place on the programme. Candidates are ranked based on the outcome of the interview process. Mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before January 1 of the year of enrolment. 

LM103 Points trend. 

AY19/20 403 

AY20/21 392 

AY21/22 429 

AY22/23 380 

The following pathways have been agreed and will be added for 2023 entry. 

5M4339 Healthcare Support 

Five distinctions to include the following: 

5N0749 Anatomy and Physiology 

5N4325 Introduction to Nursing 

5N1279 Human Growth Development 

In addition, students should have achieved a distinction in 

5N1833 (Mathematics) OR 

5N0556 (Maths for STEM) OR have achieved a F6/O6/H7 in LCE Mathematics 

 

5M4349 Nursing Studies 

Five distinctions to include three the following: 

5N0749 Anatomy and Physiology 

5N4325 Introduction to Nursing 

5N1279 Human Growth Development 

5N2746 Biology 

In addition, students should have achieved a distinction in 

5N1833 (Mathematics) OR 

5N0556 (Maths for STEM) OR have achieved a F6/O6/H7 in LCE Mathematics 

 

5M4468 Community & Health Services 

Five distinctions to include three the following: 

5N0749 Anatomy and Physiology 

5N4325 Introduction to Nursing 

5N1279 Human Growth Development 

5N2746 Biology 

In addition, students should have achieved a distinction in 

5N1833 (Mathematics) OR 

5N0556 (Maths for STEM) OR have achieved a F6/O6/H7 in LCE Mathematics 

Applicants will not be offered a place on the course without meeting all entry criteria; this includes the full B and provisional C1 licences. 

In order to meet the Regulator standard (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council) students must complete 52 weeks’ clinical placement in year 2. Currently, our placement partner is the National Ambulance Service (NAS). The placement is managed by University of Limerick, and students are paid employees of NAS during this year. Students may avail of a number of supports while on placement, such as the paramedic studies department, NAS HR and an allocated peer mentor from previous years.

UL is a PHECC recognised institution. Our programme and placements have been approved by PHECC. Students undertake a suite of regulator exams in the first year of LM103. These currently consist of a multiple choice question exam, an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) and a short written answer exam. The preparation for these exams forms a significant part of Semesters 1&2 of Year one of the programme. The student registers with PHECC as an undergraduate paramedic intern at the beginning of semester 1, year 1 and as a postgraduate intern prior to commencement of year 2. 

Upon successful completion of year 2, following the 52-week placement, the student is eligible for registration at the level of paramedic by the Irish regulator. 

Entry requirements

CAO points history
378*
Minimum grades

Applicants must hold, on enrolment, the Leaving Certificate (or approved equivalent) with a minimum of 6 subjects including: 2 H5 (Higher level) and 4 O6 (Ordinary level) or 4 H7 grades. Subjects to include Maths, Irish or another language and English.

Subject requirements

Applicants must hold an O6/H7 in Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Physics and Chemistry; or Agricultural Science.

Additional considerations

A valid provisional C1 or full C1 licence is required prior to offer of a place on the programme.  Applicants must produce a full C1 licence by the end of Year 1.  Penalty points may preclude progression.

Mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before January 1st of the year of enrolment. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants

Students are required to successfully complete a Garda Vetting process and Occupational Health Clearance

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Visit the UL Undergraduate Admissions QQI site for a full list of modules.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.

Fees and funding

Additional Requirements 

In addition to the course fees (outlined below), all students must pay a Healthcare Screening cost of €150 in Year 1.  This covers occupational health screening and the management of student immunisation status for placements. This does not include the administration of any required vaccinations. This is separate and managed on a case-by-case basis depending on each student. 


 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

You will be required to have the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to complete the internship phase of the programme (helmet, steel-toe boots, safety goggles). Further information on how to purchase will be provided by the School upon enrolment.

Students are also advised to have a laptop.


 

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €4,262
SUSI pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100
€7,362

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €4,262
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100
€7,362

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student pays Tuition Fees €4,262
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100
€7,362

Non-EU Students

Student pays Tuition Fees €25,118
Student pays Student Levy €100
€25,218

Student course fees are comprised of the following components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The current student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Levy of €100. Please note the Student Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

  • Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
  • EU Fee Status: You satisfy the citizenship and/or residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees
  • Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships Available
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Programme

These scholarships are available for all courses

Your future career

As a graduate of Paramedic Studies, you will be ready for employment within state and private emergency medical services.

Student Profile

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Mark Williams

Paramedic practice is a fast-developing profession which is finding it’s foothold in the medical world, and this degree programme is the next logical step for practitioner training and development.  I’ve been outside formal education for quite a while but UL’s innovative course structure offered just what I was looking for and suited me. I enjoy the different teaching approach at UL.  I’m expected to go beyond what’s given to me during lectures and classroom sessions, finding information and evidence for myself to inform my practice and develop my knowledge.  This is a vital skill as I’m entering a profession that is constantly changing and developing as new therapies and treatments are offered to patients.

In the first year of the course, there is a lot of theory and learning followed by some placements.  I love the challenges that each patient presents, whether that’s basic communication, assessment and treatment decisions, or extrication and transport.  No two patients are the same, and you never know what is coming next!

The second year of our course is working for the Paramedic Emergency Service in Liverpool.  Working with Paramedics on the front line, we’re responding to everything from coughs and colds to cardiac arrests, from sunstroke to stabbings and everything in between.  The placement is a critical part of our registration requirements to work as Paramedics in Ireland.  The exposure to all types of calls, from newborns to centenarians, puts all our theory and learning into practice.  I’m seeing how classroom scenarios translate into real life, learning from experienced colleagues, learning my craft and picking up all sorts of tips and tricks! It’s hard work – physically and mentally – but very rewarding and very enjoyable.  This year has completely reinforced the idea that I’ve made the right career choice!