Are you curious how the normal human body works or how medical diagnosis are made? Or maybe how microbiology can help end a pandemic whilst genetic engineering supports the development of new medicines and cures? If you are, this course is for you!
This, a more Biology-focused, course is for anyone who is interested in studying science and a career based in and around science. This hands-on practical-based course will provide you with fundamental theoretic science knowledge covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a wide range of scientific practical skills. This course will allow you to progress into university to study degrees, particularly in healthcare and biological sciences, but also beyond science. You could also advance to an apprenticeship or enter into employment.
The qualification you will be working towards is a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Biomedical Science. This is a two-year course. In your first year of study, you will work towards the Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels). Following the successful completion of the Foundation Diploma, you will be able to progress to study the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-Levels). Just like A Levels and T Levels, this course qualifies for UCAS points that allow you to apply to university once you have successfully completed.
For each year of the course, you will complete a fully Study Programme consisting of: BTEC Diploma qualification, Tutorial, Work experience and Enrichment activities.
In the Foundation Diploma (Year 1), you will study a total 6 units of which 4 are mandatory including 2 exam units. Then in the Extended Diploma (Year 2), you will study a further 7 units of which 3 are mandatory comprising 2 exam units. These are a sample of the units you would be studying:
You will need:
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
Assessment on this course is continuous throughout the year. It is through sitting exams that are assessed externally via Pearson, the BTEC awarding body as well as completing internally-assessed written assignments based on taught theory, performing laboratory practical work and independent research.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
This course will help you to move on to higher level courses, such as a university degree course, or to pursue employment in and outside of the science sector. Majority of our BTEC Biomedical Science students apply and successfully gain offers to study a diverse range of degree courses at universities from healthcare related subjects (e.g. Nursing, Radiotherapy, Paramedic Science, Psychology), biological sciences (e.g. Biomedical Science, Physiology, Microbiology, Neuroscience) to non-science disciplines (e.g. law, teaching, business and management).