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Medical Science

Medical Science is for students who are interested in medical science and biology or health-related issues. It explores the foundations of health and disease and how the body is monitored to diagnose conditions. It allows you to use techniques that are employed in medical research.
If you choose this course you will benefit from:
• Experienced teachers who have worked in medical research and the science industry
• Visits to pathology laboratories and De Montfort University
• The opportunity to experience and study a very focused subject
• Access to modern equipment and the development of independent practical skills

In the first year you will study:
• Human health & disease
• Ways in which the body is monitored
• Research methods and analysis of data in a medical context

In the second year you will study:
• Medicine and the treatment of disease
• Clinical laboratory techniques
• Medical case studies


What will I be taught?

Flipped learning is used to encourage students to explore materials and resources for themselves and to develop skills in the classroom
• Classroom activities will include:
• Practical investigation
• Group work
• Exam based assessments
• Quizzes and tests

Based on research into how students learn best, each subject will set independent work to allow you to recap what you have done in the past, consolidate understanding for what you are studying in the present and develop the skills and experiences which will help you for the future. You can read more about the college’s approach to independent study here

The Past
Click here for the suggested ongoing revision activities in this subject which research has shown are most likely to boost your achievement

The Present
Each subject will set weekly homework tasks to help you consolidate your understanding and prepare for your next lesson. This work is typically set through Microsoft Teams, so you will have an electronic log of all your work, notes and feedback.

The Future
A key part of your independent work in this subject will be to prepare for a range of potential jobs and higher education courses when you leave us. To get started, look below at the top higher education courses and jobs which previous students of this course have gone on to do.

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.
Students can progress onto courses in

Forensic science
Occupational therapy
Sports studies
Animal health
Food and nutrition
Forensic science

Min 5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

5 in Maths
5 in sciences (Within a preference for Biology or Human Biology)

Not essential but it will help your success…

An interest in how the human body works and an interest in health. Commitment to working in an organised way, using research skills to problem solve.  Do not choose this subject if you intend to study Medicine at University.

Pairs well with Health and Social Care, Applied Science, Sociology, Psychology. You prefer to do a course that is a mix of exams, controlled assessment and coursework.

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject.  Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods.  Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.


50% exam and 50% coursework in the form of assignments
Human health & disease (exam) 50%
Physiological measurement techniques 25%
Medical research methods 25%
Medicines and treatment of disease 50%
Clinical laboratory techniques 25%
Medical case study 25%

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