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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

Biomedical Science

Level

Level 3

Career Sector

Health, Care & Medical

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date

September

Course overview

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. Biomedical Science covers a wide range of topics across the three broad disciplines of science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of these is approached from a medical viewpoint and will develop your understanding of the importance of science in modern medicine.

The course draws from the scientific knowledge you learn in the classroom to aid in developing a high level of practical laboratory skills that will stand you in good stead for either further study or the workplace. 

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa

or

  • A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above
  • Grade C/4 or above in at least two Science GCSEs (or equivalent)
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language

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

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.

Additional information

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

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