16-18 Courses, 16-18: Vocational

Biomedical Science (Level 3 Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs at Grades 9 - 4 including:

  • Average GCSE point score of 3.5 or above
  • GCSE English Language and maths at Grade 4
  • GCSE English Language and maths at Grade 4
  • Progression from Level 2 with Merit or Distinction, or equivalent
  • Aptitude tests may be required in certain subjects such as catering, sport and hairdressing

Course information

All Learners study the same units in the first year. There are 4 core units:

  • Principles and Applications of Applied Science I
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application

A choice of 2 optional units from below:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Electrical Circuits and their Applications
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Biochemical Processes

In the first year there is an emphasis on building skills, both scientific and professional. You will learn practical skills and how to evaluate and present quality written work whilst adhering to deadlines which prepares you well for university. The first year units will enable students to follow the Applied Science pathway as a discrete qualification and the first year Biomedical Science pathway.

In the second year learners on the Biomedical Science pathway will study 3 core units and 4 optional units.

Core units:

  • Principles and Applications of Applied Science II
  • Contemporary issues in Science
  • Investigative project

A choice of 4 optional units from below:

  • Genetics
  • Biomedical Science
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Biological Molecules and Biochemical Processes
  • Medical Physics Applications
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Diseases and Infection

Students learn to analyse and critique scientific literature and build on reporting and analysis skills specific to Biomedical Science pathway.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study, a higher level apprenticeship or employment.

Most of our students go on to university to study Pharmacy, Nursing, Radiography, Biomedical Sciences. We encourage degree apprenticeships and HND in Applied Biology as an alternative route.

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