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About the course

The Biomedical Science Level 3 Extended Diploma sees students studying core concepts of Science along with specialist areas in Biomedical Science. This is suited to applicants interested in human physiology and the study of disease. Students look at how diseases are diagnosed using laboratory techniques and develop practical competence in biology and chemistry methods. After this course students will understand;

-          How and why a disease develops?

-          How does a disease affect the body?

-          How do we diagnose a patient using scientific approaches?

-          How do infections spread in humans?

-          How are specific diseases treated?


Here at WSC, we endeavour to do as much practical work as we can to allow students to build on their practical skills alongside knowledge and understanding. Students can look forward to modules such as Physiology of Human Body Systems, Microbiology, Practical Chemical Analysis, Biomedical Science and Investigative Project.


An education in Biomedical Science brings many exciting future opportunities. For example, have you thought about working in healthcare as a scientist?  '70% of diagnoses in the NHS are based on pathology results provided by laboratory services' (Institute of Biomedical Science, 2017). The pathology workforce includes a large group of Biomedical Scientists who analyse samples from patients e.g. blood, urine or tissue to detect abnormal changes that indicate disease. The extended diploma offers a start in the right direction for this type of role.




West Suffolk College is a member of the Royal Society of Biology School and Colleges Affiliation Scheme

Entry requirements

Students require 5 grade 4s and above including English, Mathematics and Science. Students who require a resit of Maths or English will be enrolled on our Foundation to Level 3 Science to enable them to complete their Maths or English qualifications. These students will have the opportunity to move up to this qualification if able to demonstrate the ability to work at a high standard whilst resitting.


Students will receive a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science). This qualification is worth the equivalent of 3 A Levels

What you'll learn (core modules)

Modules include Principles and Applications of Science, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Investigative Project, Microbiology, Practical Chemical Analysis and Biomedical Science.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Students will develop the analytical and critical thinking skills that every scientist needs! These skills are transferrable to pretty much every other walk of life so are incredibly useful

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed using a combination of coursework and exams.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course is delivered at the Bury St Edmunds campus in our onsite laboratories and classrooms

Where will the course take me?

The course covers a breadth of knowledge and practical skills to allow students to pursue University education or employment in a range of scientific fields. Possible areas include; drug discovery, healthcare, or academic research. This is an ideal course for those students who want to explore a range of bioscience careers.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will need standard college equipment as well as a scientific calculator and a hardback A5 Laboratory notebook. 

How much will it cost?

There are no costs associated with this course, unless students wish to take part in enrichment activities

I'm interested. What should I do now?

If you're interested in this course, then why not come along to one of our open days or apply online?

Days & times

Starting September 2021

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