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Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3

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Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus 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. Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

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. 

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
FE0027-1C 05 Sep 2019 Central Brighton Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 9.30am - 5.30pm 36 weeks £3,384.00 Apply

Discounts may be available depending on your circumstances, please see our finance information.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.


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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!”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.."”

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Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Chemical scientist

Typical Tasks:

  • Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems.
  • Conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials.
  • Analyses results and experimental data.
  • Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions.
  • Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -4.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,316

AVERAGE £26,988

POTENTIAL £39,702

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

Biological scientist or biochemist

Typical Tasks:

  • Studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms.
  • Identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease.
  • Performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms.
  • Researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms.
  • Observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment.
  • Advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease.
  • Monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

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

ENTRY £23,946

AVERAGE £37,694

POTENTIAL £55,653

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

Physical scientist

Typical Tasks:

  • Conducts experiments and tests and uses mathematical models and theories to investigate the structure and properties of matter, transformations and propagations of energy, the behaviour of particles and their interaction with various forms of energy.
  • Uses surveys, seismology and other methods to determine the earth.
  • Observes, records and collates data on atmospheric conditions from weather stations, satellites, and observation vessels to plot and forecast weather conditions.
  • Applies mathematical models and techniques to assist in the solution of scientific problems in industry and commerce and seeks out new applications of mathematical analysis.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

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

ENTRY £22,796

AVERAGE £34,730

POTENTIAL £51,539

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

Civil engineer

Typical Tasks:

  • Undertakes research and advises on soil mechanics, concrete technology, hydraulics, water and waste water treatment processes and other civil engineering matters.
  • Determines and specifies construction methods, materials, quality and safety standards and ensures that equipment operation and maintenance comply with design specifications.
  • Designs foundations and earthworks.
  • Designs structures such as roads, dams, bridges, railways, hydraulic systems, sewerage systems, industrial and other buildings and plans the layout of tunnels, wells and construction shafts.
  • Organises and plans projects, arranges work schedules, carries out inspection work and plans maintenance control.
  • Organises and establishes control systems to monitor operational efficiency and performance of materials and systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -0.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £26,637

AVERAGE £41,418

POTENTIAL £61,913

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