BTEC National Diploma in Medical Science - Course

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Students must be at least 16 years old on entry. You need one of the following: At least 4 GCSEs grade C or above, to include Double Science(or equivalent)Maths and/or English. OR BTEC First Diploma/Certificate in Science at Merit or above plus a key skill at level 1 in either AON or Communication or grade D at GCSE. A computer marked assessment of Numeracy and Literacy will be completed in the first week of the course which may lead to a change in registration. Mature students without the above qualifications may also be admitted to the course. Accreditation of prior learning will be offered. Other combinations of qualification may be consided in some circumstances.
  • Academic title
    BTEC National Diploma in Medical Science
  • Course description
    General information

    The BTEC National Diploma in Medical Science is an updated version of a well established work related qualification designed to offer you a choice of routes into higher education and employment. The completed BTEC National Diploma in Medical Science is equivalent to 3 GCE 'A' levels. It differs from 'A' levels in both delivery and assessment. It will give you a broad based introduction to your chosen career, as well as providing an ideal, recognised start for a science degree course.

    Course content

    Typical units are:

        * Fundamentals of Science
        * Working in the Science Industry
        * Scientific Investigation
        * Scientific Practical Techniques
        * Perceptions of Science
        * Application of number for Science Technicians
        * Statistics for Science Technicians
        * Using Science in the Workplace
        * Physiology-Human Body Systems and Human Regulation and Reproduction
        * Biochemical Techniques
        * Microbiological Techiques
        * Chemistry for Biology Technicians
        * Genetics and Genetic Engineering
        * Practical Chemical Analysis
        * Medical Physics
        * Biomedical Science Techniques
        * Chemical Laboratory Techniques

    In addition, all full-time students will be expected to study Key Skills, to provide evidence for the grade C in English required by some/most universities.

    Teaching and assessment

    This course is assessed by a variety of methods, which will include projects, practical work, internally assessed assignments, core studies and coursework. During the course students will build up a portfolio of evidence of their own achievements in the various coursework activities. There are no examinations however small unit tests may be used to assess understanding and achievement.

    The course will be delivered using a mixture of theory and practical work and assessed using worksheets and assignments. These will be collected together week by week to build a portfolio as evidence of completion of all graded course work. Practical work will be assessed by observation and by written work.


    Successful students may progress to Higher Education to study for a degree, additional vocational courses in Science or into the workplace. The College has links with the University of Greenwich and successful students have the option to continue full time on either a BSc or HND in an applied science e.g. Biomedical Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Forensic Science or at a university of choice. This course also prepares you for a range of careers in the following fields: Hospitals, Pharmacies, Forensic Sciences, Food and Drink Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Cosmetics Industry, Environmental Health/Science, Physical Science/Engineering.

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