The study of biomedical science particularly encourages the development of your skills such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis. These skills are developed through the variety of approaches to teaching and learning enabled by the specification. In particular, the investigative project and contemporary science issues allow you to demonstrate your ability to plan, research, address problems, assimilate data, and draw together and communicate findings. You will be assessed through assignments, assessed practical work and exams.
Mandatory units include:
• Principles and application of science I
• Practical scientific procedures and techniques
• Science investigation skills
• Laboratory techniques and their application
• Principles and application of science II
• Investigative project
• Contemporary issues in science Optional units include:
• Biomedical science
• Physiology of human body systems
• Human regulation and reproduction
• Genetics and genetic engineering
• Diseases and infections
You will need either:
• Four GCSEs grade 4 or above including science, core science, maths and English or equivalent qualifications
• BTEC in Applied Science Level 2 with Merit/Distinction grades and GCSE maths You will also have to undertake an interview.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to apply to universities for a range of applied science based degrees. You may also progress to a HND in Biological Sciences. Previous students from this course have progressed onto degrees in biomedical science, chemistry with analytical science, radiography, radiotherapy, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, microbiology, forensic science, computer science and pharmaceutical science. This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it also supports students choosing to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage when applying for a range of entry-level industry training programmes and/or Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as laboratory technician, industrial technician or medical technician. Students could look for laboratory work in areas such as a hospitals, research, a school or college, or quality control.