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Medical Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is designed to prepare you for employment in a laboratory or care environment or for entry to an appropriate university course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about this employment area, you will develop important skills for a science career – the development of practical skills is a major part of the course.

You will learn through independent research using resources at college and information gathered on educational visits. This course is equivalent to 2 A levels and so can be taken with a variety of other A levels such as Electronics, ICT PE or Statistics.

Course content

Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science - In this unit, you will learn many of the ideas upon which the other units are based and start to develop your practical skills.

Unit 2 Working in the Science Industry - This unit will give you the chance to investigate laboratory design and management information systems. You will have to show an understanding of safe working practices and Health and Safety legislation.

Unit 3 Scientific Investigations - You will plan and carry-out a scientific investigation, analysing and reporting your findings

Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques - You will learn a range of techniques to make, analyse and test substances.

Unit 5 Perceptions of Science - You will study how scientific knowledge and ideas have developed and examine current issues such as the ethics of genetic testing. You will consider how the media view science and scientists.

Unit 6 Using Mathematical Tools in Science (½ unit) - Being able to record and process numerical results is vital in science. In this half unit, you will develop your skills in using appropriate units, identifying errors and drawing and interpreting graphs.

Unit 8 Using Statistics for Science (½ unit) - You will learn how to use statistical techniques that are essential for the handling, collection and interpretation of scientific data.

Unit 11 Physiology of Human Body Systems - You will investigate some of the organ systems of the human body and how they work together. You will use appropriate tests to investigate the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic systems and the organisation of cells and tissues.

Unit 12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction - You will study the physiology of human regulation and reproduction. You will cover the regulation of body fluids, how the nervous system functions, homeostasis and the human reproductive system.

Unit 13 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques - You will investigate biological molecules, enzymes, metabolic pathways and the structure of proteins.

Unit 18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering - You will develop an understanding of the principles of Mendelian genetics and develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories.

Unit 20 Medical Physics Techniques - You will study the important fundamental physics concepts behind medical physics techniques such as x-rays, ultrasounds, diagnostic imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiotherapy.

Unit 21 (H&SC) Nutrition for Health and Social Care - You will develop an understanding of current thinking on nutritional health particularly relating to users of health and social care services. You will then be able to apply this understanding and make recommendations to improve the nutritional health of an individual.

Entry requirements

To start any BTEC Level 3 Diploma course you need to meet the general college entry requirements. In addition you must also have GCSE Double Science grade C/C, GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade D.


Exam Board - Edexcel

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for a career in a variety of science based industries or for entry to an appropriate university course. This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in working in the fields of Pathology, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science or Pharmaceuticals.

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree in subjects such as Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Science or Pharmacology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years