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Medical Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Sheffield College

Course description

This applied science course is for those interested in studying medical science in order to progress to University or straight into the work place.

It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, technical and employability skills to help you find employment in the applied science sector or to give you entry to a wide range of university courses. Practical work will cover a variety of scientific and medical science techniques.

Is this course for me?    

If you want to study or work in science and get practical experience and knowledge of working in a laboratory then the course is perfect for you! You should have a positive attitude, an enquiring mind and good time management skills to be able to work to coursework targets and deadlines.

What will I learn?

This is an extremely interesting course which gives students a balanced science education with some specialist learning in the medical field. The course covers study units in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths as well as general units on science in industry and society. The medical specialism focuses on units such as microbiological techniques, medical physics, clinical psychology, human physiology, disease and chemical laboratory techniques.

What else will I gain?   

There will be a variety of course enrichment activities such as visits to hospital analytical laboratories and the opportunity to do work experience. You will also be expected to participate in our Wednesday afternoon enrichment program which covers a range of activities from electronics to science-art courses.

Why study this course at The Sheffield College?

The course is based at Peaks Campus which is a smaller and friendly environment where there is a lot of support from staff. We have our own dedicated BTEC Laboratory which is very modern, fully equipped for practicals as well as having a suit of computers for use during lessons. Our results have improved every year since we started the course and we expect this trend to continue. We have a team of experienced BTEC staff who work extremely hard to continue to improve the delivery of the course.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English language, Maths and Double Science



The assessment is based on coursework through assignments, practical reports of investigations carried out in the laboratory and some exams (exams will comprise approximately 20% of the total assessment only).



Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

BTEC level 3 qualifications are highly valued by employers and higher education institutions and will prepare you for a career in many science-based industries and organisations.

If you decide to go to university you could take a degree in a subject such as biology, biomedical science, chemistry, food science, forensic science, life sciences, pharmaceutical science, physics or physiology. With appropriate work experience you could also apply for health related degrees such as midwifery, nursing or radiography.

If you want to go into employment straight after this course you could look for work in areas such as a hospital laboratory, research laboratory, a laboratory in a school or college, or a quality control laboratory.

Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: KFDAS1


  • More information
    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.


      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.


      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website