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Medical Science Level 3 at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Medical Science is the science of dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases. The Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science is for learners who are interested in careers related to healthcare and medical research. Medical scientists are at the forefront of healthcare services, as they are vital in the diagnosis of disease, determining the effectiveness of treatments and searching for new cures.

Course content

Topics you will study

Unit 1 – Human health and disease
The purpose of this unit is to develop knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology, as well as the function of organ systems and some of the problems that can occur in these systems. Additionally, it provides an understanding of the normal functioning of the body at a cellular and physiological system level, learning how these systems react in different situations, and how these systems can go wrong, in order to report on health of individuals. 

The unit is designed to help provide understanding of the ways that healthcare professionals and scientists involved within the medical sector work, so that learners will be able to tackle problems and answer questions in a medical context. This will require the examination of the key principles that underlie the functioning of our body systems, how they are maintained and how problems can arise.

Unit 2 – Physiological measurement techniques
This unit aims to develop 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.

When physiological measurements are carried out - such as measuring temperature, pulse rate or respiration rate – healthcare professionals are monitoring for signs of abnormality (i.e. anything that falls outside of the 'normal' range). Health professionals can then draw conclusions about the health status of the individual and evaluate any treatments they may require.

Unit 3 – Medical Science research methods
Methods of scientific enquiry are introduced within this unit. It has been designed to develop a knowledge and understanding of planning, conducting, analysing and reporting research in medical sciences. It will do this by presenting a range of methodologies and techniques that are used. It will also encourage the acquisition of a range of evaluative concepts for reviewing and discussing the design and outcome of research. All of this will be done through a hands-on approach where learners will plan and collect information to answer questions connected to medical science.

Unit 4 – Medicines and treatment of disease
In this unit you will consider the basic science of pharmacology, i.e. the study of medicine action combined with an added focus on the application to the real world—i.e. what medicines are used in the treatment of what disorders and diseases. It also introduces cancer, what it is and the combination of therapeutic interventions that may be used; which includes medicines but may also include new and developing therapies as more is understood about the disease.

Unit 5 – Clinical Laboratory techniques
This unit is designed to help learners understand how biomedical scientists investigate the function of body systems by undertaking laboratory-based measurements. It encompasses how they use specialist equipment, advanced technologies and a range of different procedures. Most clinical scientists work in hospital laboratories or specialist departments, often working as a team to allow healthcare professionals to assess patient status.

Unit 6 – Medical case study
Problem-solving skills are developed in this unit through the analysis of case studies, making use of existing knowledge and understanding of human physiology, physiological measurement, clinical testing, statistical research, and medical treatment including the use of medicines.

This unit offers an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their understanding of the connections between the other five units of study. The content of this unit requires the application of skills, techniques, knowledge, understanding and concepts from across the qualification content in order to complete the required assessment.

Entry requirements

Five grade C GCSEs or above including a grade C in Maths and a grade C in English or English Language.

Offers subject to a satisfactory School Report.


A combination of assessment methods are used. In order to appropriately assess skills, knowledge and understanding, two units (unit 1 and unit 6) will each be assessed by means of a written examination. The remaining units are assessed through assignments where you will complete tasks to meet allocated deadlines, within the supportive environment of the college.

Future opportunities

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science qualification aims 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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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