Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

Biomedical Science

Study all three science disciplines in an engaging hands-on style of learning


Level 3

Career Sector

Medical Technologies & Life Sciences

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date


Course overview

This course is the Biomedical Science pathway of the Applied Science qualification. 

Biomedical Science is a practical course ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in the medical field, including medical science, pharmaceutical science, or one of the many other fields in the NHS.

This course will give you a broad understanding of scientific principles including; practical microbiological skills, health and diseases, chemical analysis, medical physics applications, genetics and genetic engineering, individual investigative projects and practical scientific skills. You will study all three science disciplines, with a focus towards the biomedical field.

This course is assessed by the use of examinations and coursework. It is ideal for learners who thrive in an engaging hands-on style of learning. Completion of the course will give you a qualification equivalent to 3 A-Levels

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.
  • Grade 4 or above in at least two Science GCSEs (or equivalent).


What will I study?

You will sit two exams in the first year and a further two in the second. The workload is substantial and good organisational and time management skills are essential. Topics include:

  • Principles and application of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Physiology of human body systems

Assessment will be through a mixture of examination and continuous assignments taught through lectures, practical laboratory work, presentations, independent research tasks, trips and guest speakers.

Why study Biomedical Science at USP?

  • A mixture of theory and practical allowing you to put into practice what you learn in the classroom
  • Teachers from a variety of industrial back grounds will help you relate theory to the workplace
  • Opportunity of work experience over the two years – allowing you to develop excellent employability skills
  • Unrivalled support, workshop and help sessions run throughout the year by your teachers

Additional information

You will be expected to purchase a lab coat from the college for approximately £10.

What could I do next?

This qualification could prepare you for work in the science industry, in particular in the NHS and other biomedical fields. You could also progress on to Higher Education to study a range of scientific degrees including: Pharmaceutical Science, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science and Nutritional Science.

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