Post 16 -18
|Qualification name||Diploma in Medical Science|
|Awarding organisation||WJEC (Formerly Welsh Joint Education Committee)|
|Course type||Classroom based|
|Course start date||6th September 2021|
|Cost description||Free depending on eligibility|
5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher) including GCSE Maths and either English Language or English Literature at a grade 4 or above. If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.
The main purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills in key scientific principles to support progress to higher education or employment in areas of medical science, such as job roles in physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services. This qualification equips learners with scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as practical skills that would support progression to a range of job roles within health care. Job roles might include those within the areas of life sciences, e.g. carrying out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This could include microscopic examination of tissue samples, analysis of blood cells to investigate anaemia, or analysis of samples to identify the cause of an infection. Alternatively, there would also be opportunities to progress to job roles within the physiological sciences, working directly with patients, measuring and evaluating particular organs and systems, such as scientists working in neurophysiology recording the electrical activity in the brain.
Students will complete units 1-3 in year 12 and units 4-6 in year 13. 50% of the course is assessed internally with 50% being assessed externally. Units 2, 3 and 4 are internally assessed as timed controlled assessment under supervised conditions and make up 50% of the course. Units 1, 5 and 6 are externally assessed and make up 50% of the course.
A significant proportion of career opportunities in this sector are at degree level. When supported by other appropriate qualifications, the Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science will enable progression to higher education in a range of Applied Science programmes, such as biomedical science, life sciences, and physiology. Medical Science should be considered as a supporting subject for healthcare careers alongside other appropriate courses.