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Medical Science Diploma Level 3 Dip at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

The main purpose of this two year course is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support progress to higher education or straight into employment in areas of Medical science, such as job roles in physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services

The course comprises of 6 units and is equivalent to a full A level. Each unit has a clear purpose which focuses the learning of scientific knowledge, understanding and skills in a meaningful context.

The course is based around applying scientific ideas and techniques in real-life medical contexts. Learning activities will include practical work, independent research, class discussions, presentations, online interactive tutorials, worksheets and note taking.

Course content

In Year 1, there are 3 units:

1. Human health and disease (externally examined): This unit develops knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology. The unit will develop an understanding of the function of organ systems and some problems that can occur in these systems.

 2. Physiological measurement techniques: This unit develops knowledge and understanding about the physiological measurements that can be made to assess the function of major body systems. It relates anatomy and physiology to physiological measurement test results, through an understanding of the principles of the measurement techniques.

3. Medical Science research methods: This unit develops knowledge and understanding of planning, conducting and reporting of research in medical sciences using a range of methodologies and techniques. It is intended to enable the acquisition of the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out research in order to obtain meaningful information. It also seeks to promote an understanding of the processes involved in drawing meaningful inferences from research data.

In Year 2 there are 3 units:

4. Medicines and treatment of disease: This unit develops knowledge and understanding about the science of medicines, and how they work through their interactions with body systems. It also introduces cancer, its relationship to genetics, and the range of therapeutic treatments available.

5. Clinical laboratory techniques (externally examined): This unit develops knowledge and understanding about the clinical laboratory techniques that can be used to assess body functions. It relates knowledge and understanding of human physiology and biochemistry to clinical measurement test results through an understanding of the principles of the measurement techniques.

6. Medical case study (externally examined): This unit is the overall synoptic unit for the Diploma qualification. It provides the opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the connections between the other five units of this Medical Science qualification. The content of this unit requires candidates to apply skills, techniques, knowledge, understanding and concepts from across the qualification content in order to complete the required assessment.

Entry requirements

  • You should be enthusiastic about continuing your study of science.
  • You should have at least a Grade C in either GCSE Science or triple science (Biology, Chemistry, Electronics and/or Physics) as well as C grades in Mathematics and English.
  • However, we like to look at individual achievements and consider a range of qualifications and experience.
  • If you have a Level 2 BTEC Application of Science qualification a Distinction will be required for entry onto this course.
  • An enthusiasm for science and an ability to research and meet deadlines is important.

Assessment

Assessment is through a balance of externally (170 hours) and internally assessed units (190 hours) over the two years.

External assessment is of two types: an externally set and marked, task based assessment for unit 5 and written examinations, for unit 1 and unit 6.

The written examinations will include pre-release material and synoptic context based questions based upon all units studied.

Future opportunities

The main purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills in key scientific principles to support progress to higher education or employment in areas of Medical science, such as job roles in physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services. The qualification covers the key topic areas of health, physiology and disease, as well as providing the opportunity to study the areas of pharmacology, physiological measurement, clinical testing and medical research.

A significant proportion of career opportunities in this sector are at degree level. When supported by other appropriate qualifications, the Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science will enable progression to higher education to a range of Applied Science programmes, such as biomedical science, life sciences, and physiology.

If you want to get a job straight after this course you could take on roles including audiologist, neurophysiologist, gastrointestinal physiologist, respiratory physiologist or clinical perfusionist. Alternatively you could start a career in laboratory work in a hospital, research,  school, college,  forensic science or quality control laboratories.

Further information

What other subjects could you take with the Medical Science Diploma?

The BTEC Diploma combines well with Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and BTEC Sport. However it could be combined with a wide range of other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Farnborough directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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