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Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3

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Course Code: FE0027-1C Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 36 weeks Entry requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade C or level 4 (or equivalent) Assessment: Project work, essays, presentations and exams. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Biomedical Sciences Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: The course consists of 60 credits, 45 are graded and 15 are ungraded. All units are at level 3.

Why this course?

You will study biology and chemistry; you will also have the opportunity to choose a topic for study to produce an Independent Research Project.

The Access course also prepares you for Higher Education by increasing self confidence in your learning ability as well as developing the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills.

This course will enable you to apply to a variety of life science degree courses such as Pharmacy, Dietetics, Nutrition, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Biochemistry and Veterinary medicine. 

Entry requirements

To study for this LASER Access course you must have GCSE English grade C or level 4 (or equivalent qualification recognised by HE) and GCSE Maths grade C or level 4 (or equivalent qualification recognised by HE).


It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course so a starting point would be to look at GCSE and/or AS level science text books.

You should also be listening to and reading about current 'science' news stories.

It is also essential to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application which takes place in the first term.


What's next?

Successful completion of the course enables students to progress on to courses such as foundation degrees in biological sciences and degrees in biomedical science, molecular biology, molecular medicine, environmental science, nutrition, genetics, science teaching, forensic science.

There are many careers such as working in NHS laboratories and hospitals and the public health laboratory service.

Biomedical scientists are also employed in a variety of roles including the veterinary service, the health and safety executive, the medical research council, university and forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical and product manufacturers and various government departments.

What's next?

Course content

Biomedical scientists learn skills and gain qualifications that can be transferred all over the UK and recognised worldwide. Biomedical science represents an opportunity to put scientific knowledge into practical use and perform a key role within medical healthcare. For example, when you have visited hospital and had a sample taken from you by a doctor or nurse these would have been analysed by a biomedical scientist, without whom it would not be possible to diagnose illness and evaluate the effectiveness of the necessary treatment.

Course units

• Cells

• Genes 

• Body Movement 

• Biochemical Pathways 

• Microbiology and Immunology 

• Fundamental Chemistry 

• Amounts of Matter 

• Organic Molecules 

• Equilibrium 

• Biochemistry 

• Chemistry for Biology 

• Scientific Investigative Skills 

• Extended Independent Academic Study (Science) 

• Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 

• Communication and Presentation Skills 

• Essay Skills 

• Reviewing and Planning for the Future 

• Using ICT For Study 

  • Our science department benefits from large teaching rooms and two specialised chemistry and microbiology labs
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public

The course fees are £3,384

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support. Find out more.

It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course so a starting point would be to look at GCSE and/or AS level science text books.

You should also be listening to and reading about current 'science' news stories.

It is also essential to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application which takes place in the first term.

  • alumni Views Tomas Forzani-Fawcett Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3

    “I thought I would express my thanks for your help in getting me through college and to university. I am doing well and I am enjoying the modules so far, Forensic science principles being the most interesting, I got 81% on my first lab book marking!”

    Tomas Forzani-Fawcett
  • alumni Views Lydia Tyson Blake Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3

    “I learnt so much on my course, I truly feel more ready for university now! My tutors filled me with the confidence and enthusiasm to continue.”

    Lydia Tyson Blake
  • alumni Views Victoria Zaniewicz Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3

    “After ten years in my job I decided it was time for a career change; having been out of education for 15 years this was a challenge however with the support of my tutors and peers I am now studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Nottingham University and well on the way to the career I’ve always wanted.”

    Victoria Zaniewicz
  • student Views Gemma Wainwright Access to HE Diploma: Biomedical Sciences

    “"The Access to HE course itself has been invaluable in bridging my gap in education.."”

    Gemma Wainwright
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  • Analyses results and experimental data.
  • Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions.
  • Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.
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Laboratory technician

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  • Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.
  • Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs.
  • Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work.
  • Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained.
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This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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Research or development manager

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  • Establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions.
  • Liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems.
  • Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken.
  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team.
  • Monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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Salaries

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AVERAGE £41,847

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  • Writing
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Environment professional

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  • Identifies contamination of land, air or water and assesses any adverse impact on the environment.
  • Advises on and provides solutions for mitigating the effects of such contamination.
  • Implements remediation works.
  • Carries out environment-related desk-based research and fieldwork to collect, analyse and interpret data to determine their validity, quality and significance.
  • Carries out environmental audits and environmental impact assessments.
  • Communicates scientific and technical information to relevant audiences in an appropriate form, via reports, workshops, educational events, public hearings.
  • Assists organisations to conduct their activities in an environmentally appropriate manner.
  • Implements, reviews and advises on regulatory and legislative standards, guidelines and policies.
  • Provides professional guidance to clients, government agencies, regulators and other relevant bodies, having regard for sustainable approaches and solutions.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

76 Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £21,587

AVERAGE £33,852

POTENTIAL £49,394

Desired Skills:
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  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Science

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