Level 3 Applied Diploma

Medical Science


The Level 3 Applied Diploma is equivalent in UCAS points to an A level, and is marked using the same grades (A*-E). Medical Science focuses on the human body - its anatomy, how to diagnose medical conditions and how to treat them.  It offers some excellent practical interactions in the medical context (especially in diagnostics).

Course Content

The course is divided into six units split across two years:

Year one:

  • Human health and disease
  • Physiological measurement techniques
  • Medical Science research methods

Year two:

  • Medicines and treatment of disease
  • Clinical laboratory techniques
  • Medical case study.

In year one learners will study fundamental biological principles, anatomy of major organs systems, how to carry out research to address a scientific question and physiological measurement techniques.
In the second year of study, students will concentrate on how to treat diseases along with how to carry out laboratory tests to diagnose and monitor disease. Students will gain hands on practical experience - carrying out tests to measure physiological parameters in year one and carrying out laboratory techniques to diagnose disease in year two.

The course considers how lifestyle may affect health, how ethical issues affect research (such as treatment regimens, side effects of medicines, cost of medicines to society), the factors which must be considered when prescribing medicines and the molecular underpinnings of drug action.

Where Could It Take Me?

Medical Science is an area of science which is concerned with the maintenance of health, in addition to the prevention and treatment of disease. The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science is for learners who are interested in furthering their scientific knowledge and are considering careers in healthcare or medical research.

The qualification has been carefully designed to develop learners understanding, knowledge and practical skills in key scientific areas to support progression into higher education or a variety of careers, for example: Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Laboratory technician and many more.

Learners studying Medical Science take a wide variety of additional subjects, however, subjects which would complement Medical Science include Psychology, Health and Social Care, Sociology, Chemistry or Environmental Science.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements, including a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics, English and Science. Please note that Medical Science and Biology cannot be studied together.

Methods of Teaching

The teaching will be done using a variety of approaches and resources. You will also be expected to do work independently and use online resources. In each year of the course you will learn scientific investigation skills and techniques. There is practical work throughout the course to help students develop the skills necessary to monitor health and disease.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Medical Science is modular in it’s assessment profile and is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment. Many of the assessments use relevant case studies which help learners develop a contextual understanding of the principles covered.

  • In the first year there will be one externally marked written examination  and two internally marked controlled assessments.
  • In the second year there will be one externally marked written examination, one internally marked controlled assessment, and one externally marked controlled assessment.

Financial Implications

There will be a small cost to cover printing and other course requirements. The college has a Student Support Fund for students needing help in meeting these costs.