The wide variety of topics is really interesting and I love how practical and relevant to healthcare professions it is. I have particularly enjoyed the microbiology and all aspects of disease and pathology.

– Olivia Billing

Olivia Billing

Course Description

The main purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills in key scientific principles to support progress to higher education or employment in areas of medical science, such as job roles in physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services.

This qualification equips learners with scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as practical skills that would support progression to a range of job roles within health care. Job roles might include those within the areas of life sciences, e.g. carrying out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

This could include microscopic examination of tissue samples, analysis of blood cells to investigate anaemia, or analysis of samples to identify the cause of an infection. Alternatively, there would also be opportunities to progress to job roles within the physiological sciences, working directly with patients, measuring and evaluating particular organs and systems, such as scientists working
in neurophysiology recording the electrical activity in the brain.

Entry Requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

Achieve two grade 5’s or higher in combined GCSE Science.

Course Content

The qualification covers the key topic areas of health, physiology and disease, as well as providing the opportunity to study the areas of pharmacology, physiological measurement, clinical testing and medical research.


Students will complete units 1-3 in year 12 and units 4-6 in year 13. 50% of the course is assessed internally with 50% being assessed externally.

Units 2, 3 and 4 are internally assessed as timed controlled assessment under supervised conditions and make up 50% of the course.

Units 1, 5 and 6 are externally assessed and make up 50% of the course.

Future Opportunities

A significant proportion of career opportunities in this sector are at degree level. When supported by other appropriate qualifications, the Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science will enable progression to higher education in a range of Applied Science programmes, such as biomedical science, life sciences, and physiology.

Medical scientists are at the forefront of healthcare services, the Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science will enable progression to higher education to study health related courses such as Nursing, Veterinary Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Working with Children, Young People and Families, Public Health and Community Wellbeing and some Paramedic Science courses may accept this, but students should check UCAS Search for changes to entry requirements.

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