Medical Science (Level 3 Certificate/Diploma)

Course Overview

Medical Science is the science of maintaining health and the prevention and treatment of diseases and is aimed at learners who are interested in careers related to healthcare and medical research.

Medical scientists are at the forefront of healthcare services as they are vital in the diagnosis of disease, determining the effectiveness of treatments and searching for new cures.

As part of this course you will study units in:

  • Human anatomy and physiology - understanding the different organ systems and how lifestyle and disease can affect these
  • Physiological measurement techniques - performing a range of physiological tests such as monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, ECGs and peak flow monitoring
  • Medicines and treatments of disease - explore how medicines interact with body systems, a specific focus on genetics and cancer treatments.

In the first year, the Certificate will be achieved by completing one exam worth 50% of the grade and two 25% non-examined assessments.

In year two, you will undertake a practical exam giving you the opportunity to carry out an investigation and evaluate experimental data. 


Entry Requirements

Seven GCSEs including C Grades in maths, English language and science

Progression Opportunities

This qualification supports progression to a range of job roles within healthcare, both within life sciences (lab based roles in diagnostics and treatments) and physiological sciences, working directly with patients.

Medical Science will enable progression to university on a range of applied science programmes, such as; biomedical science, life sciences, paramedic science, veterinary nursing, medical physiology, diagnostic radiography.

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