This is a practical course designed for anyone who is interested in medical science.
You will learn about a variety of science and medical techniques, including physiology, microbiology, genetics and other areas of science related to medicine.
The course provides good preparation for anyone wanting to progress to careers in professions such as radiography, pharmacy, healthcare science and the pharmaceutical industries.
The College has a brand new state-of-the-art laboratory and highly qualified and experienced staff. The department organises a variety of trips, for example, visits to university departments (e.g. Sports Science, Biomedical Science) and international visits to Geneva.
This course will develop your laboratory, numeracy, communication and team working skills.
This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. You complete the 90-credit Diploma in the first year and the Extended Diploma in the second year. The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*) or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.
The course gives you the opportunity to study a number of specialist units including:
- Fundamentals of science
- Working in the Science industry
- Scientific investigations
- Scientific practical techniques
- Physiology of human body systems
- Diseases and infections
Teaching will include a mix of theory and practical sessions.
The majority of assessment is achieved through assignments (including essays, practical reports, posters and oral presentations). Class tests may also occasionally be used. Learners should expect 3-5 assignments per unit.
5 GCSEs Grade 4 or above (old grade C) with English, Maths and Science.
More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include experience of paid and/ or unpaid employment.
NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.
After Your Course
On completion, you can go on to study a range of medically-related degree courses, such as, Applied Biology, Biomedical Science, Pharmacology, Radiology, Nursing and Midwifery.
If you would prefer to go straight into employment following this course you could work for example in a hospital laboratory, a research laboratory, a laboratory in a school or college or a quality control laboratory.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.