Applied Diploma in Medical Science

Course Overview

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.  

Entry Requirements

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. 

Course Outline

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.  

Coursework 50%
50% Coursework managed via controlled assessments 

Examination 50%
50% externally set and marked examination.  

Exam Board

Student Portrait

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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