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Applied Science (Medical Science) BTEC Level 3 Diploma (90 Credit) at Wirral Metropolitan College

Course description

This practical, work-related course will provide you with a solid foundation in various aspects of medical science, biology and physics.

This course is one of the recommended pathways for those seeking a career in nursing.

Course content

The course is made up of 9 units.Core units include:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Investigations
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Perceptions of Science
  • Using Mathematical Tools in Science (half unit)

Optional units (chosen from the list below to meet the needs of the majority of learners)

  • Mathematical Calculations for Science (half unit)
  • Using Statistics in Science (half unit)
  • Using Science in the Workplace
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Energy Changes, Sources and Applications
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Electrical Circuits and their Industrial Applications
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Medical Physics Techniques
  • Biomedical Science Techniques
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Physiological Investigations
  • Diseases and Infections

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSE grades A to C to include double science, mathematics and english.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Level 2 qualifications will be considered.
  • You need to show a good standard of IT and numeracy and literacy should normally be at least Level 2.
  • Before starting your course, you will take assessments in literacy and numeracy to make sure that you are working at the right level.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course.


You will be assessed by assignments. These will include practical laboratory activities, projects, presentations, posters and short essays.

Future opportunities

  • Entry into laboratory, technical, scientific or other employment
  • Progression to an advanced apprenticeship or higher level apprenticeship in medical or laboratory environment
  • Entry to university study for a degree in, for example, biomedical science biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, biology, education, nursing, zoology or radiography
  • Entry into Wirral Metropolitan College's Foundation Degree in Forensic Science
  • Entry to Wirral Metropolitan College's HNC or HND Diplomas in Applied Biology

Further information

Your skills in Mathematics, English and ICT will be developed throughout the course and this is likely to include the opportunity to attain relevant functional skills qualifications.

Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths already
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Metropolitan College directly.

Last updated date: 24 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: S143
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  • Number of planned places: 15