Medical Science
Level 3

Awarding Body: Eduqas

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (1 year – equivalent to an AS Level)
  • Diploma (1 year – equivalent to an A Level)

Course Description

Medical Science is made up of both exam and coursework elements. It focuses on the anatomy of the human body, diagnosing medical illnesses and how these are treated. It also looks into medical research and case studies. It is an excellent qualification for those wishing to work in the Healthcare sector, in pathology labs and quality control facilities. It is also a stepping stone to a Biomedical degree.

A minimum of grade 4 in GCSE Maths, English and Science. Biology preferred if taken.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

The course consists of the following areas of study:

  • Human Health and Disease
  • Physiological Techniques
  • Medical Science Research Methods
  • Medicines and Treatment of Disease
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Medical Case Studies

The Diploma qualification will expand on the Certificate qualification and cover Laboratory Techniques, Chemistry of Medicines and specific case studies.

The course has been developed in conjunction with universities and clinical pathology laboratories. It provides an engaging and meaningful context-led approach to the development of scientific knowledge and skills, and enables learners to develop the tools necessary to understand, assess and suggest solutions to real-world medical problems and challenges. The course places significant stress on the development of good practical skills necessary to monitor health and disease.

First year consists of three units. Unit 1 is examined (25%), whilst Unit 2 and Unit 3 (each 12.5%) are controlled assessments and marked internally.

Second year also consists of three units. Unit 6 is examined (12.5%), whilst Unit 4 and 5 are controlled assessments. Unit 4 (25%) is marked internally and Unit 5 (12.5%) is marked externally.

Students will have the opportunity to experience university open days on healthcare sciences such as radiography, paramedic science and nursing. They will also visit labs at local universities to meet professionals in the field of pharmacology, oncology and nursing, and to take part in practical classes. They will also have to give presentations and create information leaflets that would be used in a professional setting. This allows them to familiar themselves with the language and content that is required in the world of work in a medical setting.

This course is ideal for students interested in nursing, midwifery and health-related careers.

In first year, the first controlled assessment takes place in October, the second controlled assessment takes place in April, and the exam takes place in May.

In second year, the first controlled assessment takes place in October, the second controlled assessment takes place in March, and the exam takes place in May.