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Applied Science [Medical Science] (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

If you have ever wondered how your body works and what happens when things go wrong then this is the course for you. This two year qualification provides an insight into working within the biomedical sciences, in pathology, microbiology, genetic and haematology analysis, as well as diagnostics and medical physics professions, alongside a strong focus on the application of biological concepts within industry. You will study seven mandatory units and six optional units over the two years and will be assessed through a variety of methods including written assignments, observation of practical work, laboratory written reports and class tests.This course is perfect if you enjoy all things science related and have a particular interest in problem solving and investigation. The requirements of the qualification will help you to develop the transferable and practical skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. The course offers a fundamentally learner-centred approach and is majority coursework based, with some exams and externally assessed units.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science [Medical Science]
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science [Medical Science]
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Biomedical Science
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues of Science
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) including a Science subject, plus English and Maths

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade 05 or above) including a Science subject, plus English and Maths; OR Leaving Cert Applied - (Merit) to include one Science elective module.

Work Placement


What's Next?

Further Study

This course will provide an opportunity to progress to employment within the science industry or higher education courses, including the Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences course offered at NWRC or Honours Degree courses in Biological or Biomedical Sciences, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Pharmacology, Veterinary Science, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy among others.

Career Prospects

A qualification in applied science will help you to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to work in a broad range of jobs in this industry. These could include Agricultural Research Scientist, Ambulance Paramedic, Analytical Scientist, Audiologist, Biochemist, Biologist, Biomedical Scientist, , Chemical Engineer, Chemical Plant Process Operator, Dental Nurse, Food Scientist, Health and Safety Inspector, Laboratory Technician, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Microbiologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, and Veterinary Scientist etc. It is also recognised by both the Science Council and Royal Society of Chemistry as a course which will contribute to a professional qualification of RSciTech.


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