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Medical Science WJEC Level 3 Diploma at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Do you enjoy learning science in a practical way? This course provides an engaging and meaningful context-led approach to the development of scientific knowledge and skills, and will enable you to develop the tools necessary to understand, assess and suggest solutions to real-world medical problems and challenges.

Course content

Medical Science is a two-year course focusing on the application of Medical Science and is equivalent to one A-level. In the first year, students will complete an exam which encompasses human health and disease, developing knowledge and understanding of both human anatomy and physiology. There are also two internally assessed coursework units focusing on physiology and medical research methods. In the second year, students will study a range of treatments used to cure disease developing an understanding of the science of medicines, and how they work through their interactions with body systems. In addition to this, students will gain an understanding of clinical laboratory techniques and analyse a medical case study.

Year 1:

  • Human health and disease (externally assessed examination)
  • Physiological measurement techniques (assignment-based)
  • Medical Science research methods (assignment-based)

Year 2:

  • Medicines and treatment of disease (assignment-based)
  • Clinical laboratory techniques (externally assessed task)
  • Medical case study (synoptic examination)

Entry requirements

This course is aimed at students who have achieved two grade Cs or above in GCSE Science, Additional Science or Applied Science, or students who have a Merit in BTEC Level 2 Applied Science. In addition to this, a grade C in GCSE English is required to study this course and a grade C in GCSE Maths would be advantageous.

Financial information

Due to the vocational nature of the course, students will visit local universities and attend lectures delivered by professionals who work within the medical field.

Future opportunities

The skills and knowledge acquired by candidates taking this qualification will provide a foundation for higher level study in related areas such as medical sciences, biomedical science, life sciences, physiology and medical biology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.