Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Medical Science

Course Code: Q100149

Key Information

  • Course type


  • Campus:

    Sixth Form Campus

  • Start Date:

    09 Sept 2024

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Attendance:


  • Fees:


Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Medical Science

- Certificate equivalent to one AS Level
- Diploma equivalent to one A Level

This course enables you to focus on the anatomy of the human body, diagnosing medical illnesses and how these are treated. It also looks into medical research and case studies.

Units include:

  • human health and disease
  • physiological techniques
  • medical science research methods
  • medicines and treatment of disease
  • clinical laboratory techniques
  • medical case studies.

Developed in conjunction with universities and clinical pathology laboratories, the course provides an engaging and meaningful context-led approach to the development of scientific knowledge and skills. It enables you to develop the tools necessary to understand, assess and suggest solutions to real-world medical problems and challenges. The course places significant stress on the development of good practical skills necessary to monitor health and disease.

You will have the opportunity to experience university open days on healthcare sciences such as radiography, paramedic science and nursing. You will also visit labs at local universities to meet professionals in the field of pharmacology, oncology and nursing, and take part in practical classes.


Did you know?

This course can be combined with additional A Levels or a Sixth Form vocational course.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English language, maths and science. GCSE biology is preferred if taken.

You will have a 9.55am start, one lesson in the morning, one in the afternoon and a guaranteed 4pm finish. You will also have at least one morning and one afternoon per week free for private study.

Assessments will comprise 60% personal investigation and 40% externally set practical exam. Your coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated.

School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

You could progress to university to study a biomedical degree or pursue a career in nursing, midwifery or other health-related roles.

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