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Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3

This course will help you pursue a career in biomedical sciences and give you access to higher education.

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Key information

Course code: B0093T Course type: Access to Higher Education Duration: 36 weeks Start date: September 2018 Timetable:Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 9.30am - 5.30pm Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade C or above. End 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. Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £3384 Assessment: A mixture of exams, essays and project work. Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

During 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.

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.
This course is the ideal introduction to a science-related degree, providing a solid foundation by which to eventually work in the medical healthcare industry.

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.

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 and essay skills

Why the MET?

This is a one year part time course with excellent preparation for university.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

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.

Course Costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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How to apply

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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?

  • 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

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.

  • 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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