Medical Science is the science of dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases. This course is ideal for learners who are interested in careers related to healthcare and medical research. Medical scientists are at the forefront of healthcare services, as they are vital in the diagnosis of disease, determining the effectiveness of treatments and searching for new cures.
This qualification has been developed in conjunction with Universities and Clinical Pathology laboratories and covers the key topic areas of health, physiology and disease, as well as providing the opportunity to study the areas of pharmacology, physiological measurement, clinical testing and medical research.
This qualification equates to one A level and is typically studied alongside Psychology or Chemistry or another Applied General qualification in an area such as Health and Social Care.
A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4).
GCSE English at grade 5. Maths at Grade 5.
Desired G-Scrore of 5.0 or above. Additionally, students would need to have already enjoyed and been successful in science at Level 2 e.g. GCSE or double BTEC award. (Minimum of grade 6 in Biology GCSE or DD if BTEC).
This is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. Links are made between the theory covered and real situations. There are a range of apprenticeships within this science field that are actively promoted within the college. We envisage that some students will secure placements with local care homes and St John’s Ambulance to help support their application to university.
Components of Course
There are 6 Mandatory Units of Study:
Unit 1 - Human Health & Disease
Unit 2 - Psychological measurement techniques
Unit 3 - Medical Science Research Methods
Unit 4 - Medicines & Treatment of Disease
Unit 5 - Clinical Laboratory Techniques
Unit 6 - Medical Case Study
Units 2, 3 & 4 are controlled assessments that are internally assessed but externally moderated.
Units 1 and 6 (synoptic papers) are externally assessed examinations
Unit 5 is an externally set and marked task based assignment
All elements must be passed and grading is awarded from A-E.
50% Coursework managed via controlled assessments
50% externally set and marked examination.