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Applied Science (Medical Science) BTEC 90 Credit and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

The Level 3 BTEC in Medical Science covers mostly biology units including genetics, human and reproductive physiology as well as biomedical science. The course delivery places particular emphasis on acquiring crucial technical skills which will prepare you for successful further study and careers in biology fields. 

You will complete a 90 Credit Level 3 Diploma in your first year and then have the opportunity to progress onto a top-up course in the second year which will give you a Extended Level 3 Diploma 

Course content

During the 90 Credit Diploma in Medical Science you will study the following units: 

- Fundamentals of Science 
- Working in the Science Industry 
- Scientific Investigations 
- Scientific Practical Techniques 
- Perceptions of Science 
- Using Mathematical Tools for Science 
- Informatics in Science 
- Physiology of Human Body Systems 
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering 
- Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques 

If you choose to continue your studies onto the top-up Extended Diploma you will study the following units: 

- Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction 
- Energy Changes, Sources and Applications 
- Microbiological Techniques 
- Chemistry for Biology Technicians 
- Practical Chemical Analysis 
- Medical Physics Techniques 
- Biomedical Science Techniques 
- Chemical Laboratory Techniques 
- Physiological Investigations 

In addition to your course, you will also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade. 

The College have 3 fully equipped laboratories which are used extensively and you will conduct practical experiments on a regular basis weekly. 

You will also be expected to carry out work experience alongside your course. 

Trips and guest speakers will be planned throughout the year.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) including Science and preferably English and Maths (or equivalent). 

If you do not meet the above entry qualifications, an alternative course will be the Applied Science Diploma Level 2.


The study programme incorporates work experience, enterprise elements and educational visits, which will equip you with a host of ‘soft skills’ vital for success in industry, as well as crucial first-hand experience of scientific in the workplace.

Financial information

Additional cost may include approx. £40 towards trips and approx. £20 for equipment. 

You may be eligible for financial assistance through the College's Bursary scheme and Be Brilliant Foundation. 

Future opportunities

Those who achieve the highest grades on the extended diploma earn 420 UCAS points, thus making them highly attractive university applicants for courses such as biomedical science, nursing, clinical embryology, nutrition, pharmaceutical science, genetics, biochemistry and cardiology. 

This course also allows progression on to the Boston College HNC/HND in Applied Biology (Level 4/5), which provides a high quality, affordable, local HE option.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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