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Medical science: BTEC subsidiary diploma at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Course description

The BTEC certificate in applied medical science offers a vocational qualification that focuses on applied science and reflects aspects of employment within science organisations or organisations that use science. These qualifications will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations and disciplines. Each topic will be taught within a realistic medical science scenario, making maximum use of practical activities and work experience.

Course content

The course is assessed solely by coursework and you will complete 6 units over two years; 3 units in Year 12 and 3 units in Year 13.

Year 12

• Fundamentals of science

• Working in the science industry

• Scientific practical techniques

Year 13

• Physiology of human body systems

• Diseases & infections

• Biochemistry & biochemical techniques

Entry requirements

NBP16C level 3 entry requirement, including grade C, or above, from your Science GCSEs. If you are a post 16 student with a one year level 2 vocational qualification the minimum requirement is a merit.


You will experience a variety of teaching and assessment methods, including case studies, assignments and work-based assessments, along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments. As such, it is important that learners attend all timetabled sessions, and that they are highly organised, independent and motivated individuals.

Future opportunities

A BTEC national certificate in applied science (medical science) will enable you to progress to many degree courses such as foundation nursing, sports studies, applied science, medical sciences, dental technology and therapy and exercise studies. Alternatively, this qualification can also lead to direct employment in a science-related area such as laboratory work. The certificate will earn you UCAS points in the same way that A-levels do.

(Please note that this course is NOT appropriate if you wish to become a doctor, veterinary surgeon or dentist.)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Brightstowe directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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