Biomedical Science

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Course introduction

Ruth Bainbridge
Applied Science Biomedical Science
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science – Biomedical Science New Specification The BTEC National Extended Diploma is a two year advanced course equivalent to three A Levels, and is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification in the field of Biomedical Science. This course is ideal if you wish to take your interest in Biology, Chemistry and General Science further. The course can provide an alternative qualification, recognised by universities, for those who wish to further their studies in Biomedical Sciences through investigative coursework rather than a purely written examination.




Are you interested in pursuing a career in science or have ambitions to study towards a degree in Science? If so, this new 3 A level equivalent BTEC may be the course for you. The course is designed for those who have a lively and enquiring mind and have an enthusiasm for new ideas and concepts. There is a large practical investigation element of the course to facilitate your learning, completing research projects independently or as part of a small team.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Mathematics minimum grade 4 and GCSE Combined Science minimum grade 4 – 4, (or Biology 4, Chemistry 4)

How will I be assessed?

For each of the units you will be assessed either internally (coursework – 50% of final grade) or externally (assessed task or examination – 50% of final grade).

What will I study?

As you progress on the course you will find that your knowledge and understanding of science is enhanced and that you gain confidence in your own abilities through the practical aspects of the course. If you are considering future employment in a related field or progression to higher education then you will find that how you communicate and work within a team are extremely important skills to acquire. There is also a keen emphasis placed on how you work independently. You will develop your research skills, study skills and you will have the opportunity to visit a number of universities and workplaces to gain an insight into progression routes and future careers.

Units of study to include:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Contemporary Issues in Science


Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

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Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

Successful completion of this course will allow progression to careers in Biomedical Science, Biology, Medical Genetics, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nursing, Radiotherapy Healthcare Sciences and Animal Science.

Biomedical Science
Courtney Pendleton
Biomedical Science
Where next?
UCLAN – Pharmacy

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey