Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

If you want to work in the medical profession or you are interested in a career in science, then this course could be for you.  Combining both theory and practical elements to give you the knowledge and skills to help you progress into the workplace or a university course.  You will complete a 90 Credit Level 3 Diploma in your first year and then have the opportunity to progress on to a top-up course in the second year which will give you an Extended Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels).

Course structure

Core subjects include:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Science in the Workplace
  • Scientific Investigations
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Perceptions of Science
  • Using Mathematical Tools for Science

Specialist subjects include:

  • Diseases and Infections
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Using Statistics for Science
  • Physiological Investigations
  • Medical Physics Techniques
  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Clinical Psychology

You will experience a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. This includes the use of case studies, presentations, practical investigations, assignments and real-world scenarios; along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments. As such, it is important that students are highly organised, independent and motivated individuals and attend all timetabled sessions.  You will also work towards developing skills of a higher level to prepare you for university.  Such skills are developing whilst you are on the course include evaluation, justification, analysis & synthesis, research, problem solving and data analysis.

Study programme

The study programme consists of your chosen vocational qualification, work experience, tutorials, maths* & English*.

On successful completion of the course you could progress to university to study a variety of degrees related to the medical profession. Alternatively, you may seek employment and begin to consider junior roles in such fields as Genetics, Applied Biology, Biomedical/Biological Sciences, Nutrition, Pharmacology and Radiology.

* If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass at grade C or above in English and Maths you will study Maths and/ or English as an integral part of your college programme.


4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C in the old grading system) or above including Science and either English or maths (or both).

Relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit Level with GCSE/Level 2 in English & maths. If you have a Pass grade you will complete an additional assessment to check course suitability.

Course Summary

Length of study:
2 years


Term dates

Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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