Course – Medical Science

1. What is BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)?

It is a science A level equivalent course which focuses on biology based science e.g. human anatomy, how the body works, disease and infections and much more.

2. Who is this Course for?

Pupils who have completed their GCSE’s and who are interested in science.

3. What do I need to study Level 3 BTEC Diploma?

You need to have studied science at GCSE level or Level 2.

4. What will I get at the end of this course?

You will get a BTEC Level 3 Subsiduary Diploma.

The subsidiary diploma is equal to 1 A level

The Diploma is equal to 2 A levels.

5. What can I do with a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma or Diploma in Medical Science?

You can go on to study any science course at university including nursing, paramedics, sports studies, physiotherapy and other science related courses or apply for a junior position in the science industry. The emergency services for instance the police force and the fire & rescue service look favourably on A level equivalent courses too.

6. Who will teach me?

You will have a range of subject specialist teachers, so you know your teachers know their stuff!

Current teachers:

  • Mrs Hartley Metcalfe
  • Mr Erickson
  • Miss Harvey
  • Miss O’Meara
  • Miss Walsh
  • Mrs Ashley

7. What will I study?

You will study the basics of biology, chemistry and physics with extra units; human physiology, the role of laboratory technician, biochemistry, microbiology and science practical techniques.

Units to be studied for the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science

  • Be able to use the necessary skills to measure quantities for chemical reactions
  • Be able to use the correct equipment to identify structures and functions in different types of cells
  • Be able to investigate different types of energy and their transfer
  • Be able to communicate scientific information

Unit 2: Working in the science industry

  • Know how procedures are followed and communicated in the scientific workplace
  • Be able to design a scientific laboratory
  • Know about laboratory information management systems
  • Be able to demonstrate safe working practices in the scientific workplace.

Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques

  • Be able to use analytical techniques
  • Be able to use scientific techniques to separate and assess purity of substances
  • Be able to use instruments/sensors for scientific investigations.

Unit 11: Human Physiology

  • Know the levels of organisation within the human body
  • Be able to relate the structure of the circulatory system to its function in a multi-cellular organism
  • Be able to relate the structure of the respiratory system to its function
  • Be able to relate the structure of the digestive system to its function
  • Understand the immunological function of the lymphatic system.

Unit 13: Biochemistry & Biochemical Techniques

  • Be able to investigate properties of water & biological molecules in living organisms
  • Understand the structure of proteins
  • Be able to investigate factors affecting enzymes
  • Know the difference between aerobic and anaerobic respiration

Unit 43: Disease and Infections

  • Know the different types of diseases and infections
  • Understand the factors that can influence the development of diseases and infections
  • Be able to investigate the spread of diseases and infections
  • Know some of the impacts that diseases can have upon people, society and the environment
  • Understand ways in which diseases can be treated, cured or eradicated.

Unit 18

  • Understand the process of protein synthesis
  • Be able to investigate the process of cell division in eukaryotic cells
  • Understand the principles of Mendelian genetics
  • Be able to apply basic techniques of DNA technology

A further 6 units would be studied if the BTEC Level 3 Diploma was being studied.

8. How will I learn?

You will learn science in a number of different ways;

  • Group discussion
  • Presentation
  • Documentary
  • Lesson Packs
  • Independent learning
  • Exam questions
  • Carousel lessons
  • Through ICT and the VLE
  • Peer Teaching
  • Enquiry based/hypothesis led lessons

You will take part in exciting science lessons, where you will carry out practical work and watch demonstrations.

9. Will I have homework in Medical Science?

We do provide you with extra reading and you may be required to complete certain tasks at home, this will help you stay interested in the subject and to widen your subject knowledge.

It is essential that when you get given homework tasks they are completed and failure to do so on a regular basis will result in contact being made to your parents and possible removal from the course.

10. How will I be assessed?

You do not have any exams, it is all coursework based and you will have coursework throughout the year for each topic in each unit.

11. What will I be assessed on?

Each topic has an assignment brief with different tasks in that will relate to the information your teachers have delivered to you. You will be required to complete the tasks, examples of tasks are carrying out and writing up practical’s, producing websites, making posters & newspaper articles.

12. When will I be assessed?

You will be assessed constantly throughout the year so you know exactly what you are achieving at all times. This way if you fall behind we can look at ways to intervene to ensure you achieve in this subject.

Failure to keep up to date with your assignment coursework will lead to parental/guardian contact being made.

13. How is the course structured?

You will learn 3 units in the first year and 3 in the second year if you study the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma.

If you study the BTEC Level 3 Diploma you will study 6 units in year 1 and 6 units in yr 2.

14. What extra support is available to me?

You will be able to get extra help from your teachers at any time and are always welcome

to attend after school by arranging with staff to stay. Also, there are lots of school facilities

that you can use for help with ICT, English, writing, maths, the sixth form centre books and much more.

15. What additional resources are available to me?

We are very lucky to have such an extensive science department which has a vast amount of science practical resources available for us during lessons. We also have laptops, books and many more interactive resources.

Useful Websites

16. What do other students say about this course?

The other students say they enjoy learning a different topic; they really enjoy being able to use the practical equipment and investigating the human body and diseases that affect our body. Students have also commented on how they enjoy being treated like young adults and being given responsibility. Finally, they like the fact there are NO exams!



Imagination and the ability to link key themes and ideas are essential in Medical Science. You will be expected to explore new ways to achieve your goals and develop new skills throughout the course.


Teamwork is essential throughout the Medical Science course. You will be expected to work well in a team to develop ideas and solutions to problems.

Risk Taking

Risk Taking is an everyday part of Medical Science and you will be expected to develop the skills necessary to assess risk, utilising new approaches to problem solving and often learning as a result of your mistakes.

Problem Solving

Problem solving will be essential in Medical Science. You will be expected to not only ask the right questions and find innovative ways of researching issues, you will also be expected to consider other peoples points of view and consider the impact that ethical decisions can have on the wider community.


Throughout the Medical Science course you will be expected to show determination in your individual work, remaining motivated and applied.


Reflection is essential in Medical Science in order to set realistic goals and learn effectively from your experiences.