Medical Science

Medical Science Diploma

WJEC Diploma
A*- C Grade 93% (2019)
Awarding Body

Course Overview

The Diploma in Medical Science is equivalent to one A Level. The course deals with the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases. Learners will acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills in key scientific principles to support progress to higher education or employment in areas such as physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services. The qualification covers health, physiology, pharmacology, physiological measurement, clinical testing and medical research.

How is the Course Assessed?

Year 1

Unit 1: Human Health and Disease (external assessment)
Students will develop knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and of the function of organ systems and some problems that can occur in these systems.

Unit 2: Physiological measurement techniques (internally assessed)
Learners examine physiological measurements that can be made to assess the function of major body systems. The unit relates anatomy and physiology to physiological measurement test results, through an understanding of the principles of the measurement techniques.

Unit 3: Medical Science research methods (internally assessed)
This unit develops knowledge and understanding of planning, conducting and reporting of research in medical sciences using a range of methodologies and techniques.

Year 2

Unit 4: Medicines and treatment of disease (internally assessed)
This unit looks at the science of medicines, and how they work through their interactions with body systems. It also introduces cancer, its relationship to genetics, and the range of therapeutic treatments available.

Unit 5: Clinical laboratory techniques (externally assessed)
This unit looks at clinical laboratory techniques that can be used to assess body functions. It relates knowledge of human physiology and biochemistry to clinical measurement test results through an understanding of the principles of the measurement techniques.

Unit 6: Medical case study
This is a synoptic exam based upon the content of all units in the qualification. The exam questions will be based upon three case studies and will require students to integrate their knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the other units.

What Next?

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 Diploma will enable progression to higher education to a range of Applied Science programmes, such as biomedical science, life sciences, and physiology.

Specific Entry Requirements

Medical Science – Entry requirements: 6 GCSEs A* - C including CC Double Science or Biology (separate science), Mathematics and English Language. A Merit at BTEC Level 2 Applied Science is also accepted.

You will be able to apply for this course at interview.