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About the course

If you are interested in how our bodies work and the science behind the advances in diagnosising and treating a range of medical conditions, this course is for you. You will continue to develop core Biology, Chemistry and Physics skills along side developing further industry standard practical skills. This pathway offers you the opertunity to focus on Human anatomy and Medical Science developing skills suitable for biomedical research, radiology and medical professions.

Entry requirements

You will have successfully completed your Applied Science Foundation diploma with strong attendance and having met all your deadlines.


BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Medical Sciences. You will also have the oppertunity to stretch yourself by taking additional qualifications alongside this such as Core Maths L3 and Extended Project Qualifications, which are also worth UCAS points and enhance your CV.

What you'll learn (core modules)

On your course you will study a variety of topics from biology, chemistry, and physics. You'll spend lots of time in our laboratories honing your practical skills and will study units such as Biomedical Science, Medical Physics and Microbiological Techniques.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Through your Science studies at West Suffolk College you will have gained industry relevant, practical investigative skills, that will enable you to pursue a career in scientific industries or continue onto to study science at a Higher Education institute. Science gives you a great opportunity to develop transferrable skills such your critical thinking skills, through problem solving and designing investigations. When developing protocols, you will not get it right first time, but have to return to the drawing board and adapt your plans before trying again, developing character strengths such as resilience too. We give our students the opportunity to grow in confidence and ability to communicate their ideas through presentations work in house and external public engagement events throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

Your course will be assessed using assignments throughout the year, these can include practical assessment, presentations, professional discussions and dissertation style professional posters as well as traditional written assignments.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

You will be predominantly based in our Laboratories at the Bury St Edmunds Campus, with sometime in the classrooms here too.

Where will the course take me?

Your Extended Diploma is equivalent to Three full A-levels, opening up progression routes to university courses such as pharmaceutical science, biomedical science, psychology, analytical chemistry, radiology & microbiology. Last year everyone who applied to university was offered a place on their chosen courses.

You can make use of the practical skills that you have developed during your Foundation or Extended Diploma and go into the workplace. You can further this by entering a science apprenticeship, last year we had 5 students go into higher level apprenticeships using their Extended Diploma qualifications. At West Suffolk College we work closely with local employers to make sure that we offer some of the best apprenticeships you can find, enabling you to work and to continue to learn.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

You will require a calculator, memory stick, notebook/line paper, pen/pencils/coloured pens/highlighters and poly pockets. Relevant books to the course are available in the library to support your learning.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

If you already hold a 90 credit diploma in Applied science, then please apply for this course using the online system directly. If you want to find out more information please use the enquiry form or come and speak to one of the science team at our next open event.

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Starting September 2019

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