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What career opportunities can this lead to?

There is massive potential for learners interested in the medical science industry in the UK. The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in sectors including; pharmaceutical and bioscience. The 2010 National Strategic Skills Audit identified problems in filling professional and skilled technician roles in a number of sectors identified, including health care, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals (UKCES, 2010). Some of these concerns have been accentuated by ageing among the current technician workforce. A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector. This programme is for those interested in a career in a medical related field such as biomedical sciences, health care, radiography, operating departments, pharmaceuticals or paramedic sciences.

In a holistic programme, you will be studying fundamental aspects of biology, chemistry and physics and mathematics relating to medical sciences. On successful completion of the subsidiary diploma in Applied Science in your first year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a medical science unit such as Diseases and Infections. In your second year, you will specialise further including units on Physiology of Human Body Systems, Biochemistry, Medical Physics, Microbiology, and Clinical Psychology.

This programme provides up to 168 UCAS points and progression to study a range of medical related careers at university. Students have gone on to study university courses in subjects such as Biomedical Science, Healthcare Science, Human Physiology, Radiography (Diagnostic/Therapeutic), Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Science, Nutrition, and Biochemistry. Please note: this programme is unlikely to provide access to Medical Doctor, Dentistry or Veterinary courses.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have a minimum of 5 GCSEs; including Double Science at grade A*-C / 9-4 and English & Maths at grade A*-C / 9-4; and have a genuine interest in applied sciences. Equivalent qualifications such as First Diplomas in Science at Merit/Distinction grade may be considered if supported by GCSE English and Maths. You should also have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and complete a successful college interview.

What does this programme involve?

This two year programme offers progression from the Extended Certificate through to the Extended Diploma, dependent on your entry grades and achievement in Year One.

Year One Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science
1. Principles and Applications of Science I (Written exam)
2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Assignment)
3. Science Investigation Skills (Task - Set and marked by Pearson)
4. Laboratory Techniques and their Application (Assignment)
8. Physiology of Human Body Systems (Assignment )
11. Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Assignment)

Year Two Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science
Plus further units, for example:
5. Principles and Applications of Science II (Written exam)
6. Investigative Project (Assignment)
7. Contemporary Issues in Science (Task - Set and marked by Pearson)
13. Applications of Inorganic Chemistry (Assignment)
19. Practical Chemical Analysis (Assignment)
20. Biomedical Science (Assignment)
21. Medical Physics Applications (Assignment)
23. Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis (Assignment)

Any students without a GCSE at grade A*-C / 9-4 in English or Maths (e.g. students with iGCSEs or other recognised L2 English or Maths qualifications) will be required to continue study in this area through GCSEs. The pathway followed is dependent on the grade achieved at GCSE, screening and intended progress.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

You will be timetabled in college for four days each week. Hours will, in general, be from 08:45-16:00, however these may change if offsite activities are taking place. Activities have included visits to Portsmouth and Southampton Universities, local laboratories and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) for South Central Ambulance Service. The timetable allows plenty of time to complete your assessments and approximately seven hours per week will need to be put aside for independent study to complete assignments. The College Learning Centre will be available during non-timetabled days so you can study at home or at college. Learners must be available to come into College during the week if it is required for a specific activity or if requested by a member of staff to complete work.

Personnel who are currently working in the forensics and medical fields will visit during the course of the year (subject to availability) to give an insight into their work. They have previously provided presentations on a day in the life of a Paramedic, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections and Aspects of Clinical Psychology.

Year One students will be interviewed to determine suitability for Year Two progression.

What else do I need to know?

Each academic year there will be a fee of 60 to cover the costs of the uniform, stationery and lockers (as described below) and contribute towards the trips and activities undertaken over the year. Laboratory clothing will be allocated when this payment has been received.

We will provide:
-Laboratory wear - Lab coats are compulsory items and styles vary each year
-Stationery - Files, notepads, dividers, plastic wallets
-Locker - Key for Public Service student locker (to be returned at end of year)
-Scientific calculator
-Consumables for practical investigations
-Applied Science students are normally given the opportunity to complete an EFAW First Aid course

Work experience placements will require students to plan and organise their own travel. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
MSED1 Eastleigh College 10/9/2018 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,617.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

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