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Medical Science is the science of dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases. The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science is for learners who are interested in careers related to healthcare and medical research. 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. The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science is for learners who have already enjoyed and been successful in science. The level 3 Applied Diploma is equivalent in size to one A level and would be studied alongside 2 A Levels.

Subject 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. Learners are required to complete 6 units:

  • Unit 1: Human health and disease
  • Unit 2: Physiological measurement techniques
  • Unit 3: Medical Science research methods
  • Unit 4: Medicines and treatment of disease
  • Unit 5: Clinical laboratory techniques
  • Unit 6: Medical case study

Applied Diploma in Medical Science course specifications

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Combined Science at level 4 or above or GCSE Biology at level 4 or above

plus GCSE Maths at level 4 or above

Learning methods

The course will be delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods which will include group work, practical activities, research tasks and independent learning. Learners need to be able to work well independently and meet coursework deadlines.


Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment.

Internal assessment: Units 2,3 and 4

External assessment:

  • written examinations for unit 1 and unit 6
  • externally set and marked, task based assessment for unit 5

The Level 3 Applied DiplomainMedical Science qualification is reported on a six point scale: A*-E

Progression opportunities

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. When supported by other appropriate qualifications, the Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science will enable progression to higher education to a range of Applied Science programmes, such as biomedical science, life sciences, and physiology. It does not allow progression into Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science

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