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Medical Science Diploma

Greenhead College

Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4ES

Course Provider Certificate
Level 3
Science and Mathematics

Course Summary

The Diploma in Medical Science was introduced as an alternative to A Level Biology or Chemistry. Our aim was to offer a course for students who were interested in Science or in pursuing a science-related career, but found the emphasis on assessment by examinations did not allow them to show their full potential. However, this Diploma should not be seen as an 'easy' option as it is very demanding, especially in terms of workload!

The Diploma is equivalent to an A Level.

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Course Details

You will study different aspects of biology and biochemistry, but the work will be related to the real world in medical settings.

The course comprises six units over two years:

  • Human health and disease (examination)
  • Physiological measurement techniques (non-examined assessment)
  • Medical science research methods (non-examined assessment)
  • Medicines and treatment of disease (non-examined assessment)
  • Clinicial laboratory techniques (external task)
  • Medical case study (examination)

All units are based in a vocational context.

How will it be delivered?

This Diploma is graded A* to E.

The course comprises 50% non-examined assessment and 50% external assessment.

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

Prospective Medical Science students must achieve a minimum of grades 44 in GCSE Science OR grade 4 in GCSE Biology.

Your next steps...

Many students go on to study at university for careers such as radiography, biomedical sciences, nursing, primary teaching, midwifery and sports science.

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