• Science

    NC Biomedical Sciences

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 26 Aug 2019

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Biomedical science focuses on how the human body works, and how to treat or cure it from disease. Biomedical scientists usually work in a laboratory, carrying out tests related to screening, analysis or diagnosis. This ranges from common blood tests and tissue samples, to specialist procedures to detect cancer. A huge part of biomedical science is directly relevant to nursing, and this course gets you started on a scientific or medical-related career, while still keeping your options open.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in science
  • Four National 5s or equivalent, ideally including English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry OR a science-related NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent.
  • An interview with us.

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course is mainly Higher Human Biology and Higher Chemistry units, with some supporting subjects to help you prepare for a future career in science or healthcare. You’ll have the opportunity to sit your SQA exams in these two main subjects, and will also receive the SQA Group Award NC Applied Sciences (Level 6).

This course gives you an in depth understanding of the various processes in the human body and how these can be affected by various external and internal factors, such as illness and disease. It also offers a significant practical element, with plenty of ‘hands on’ experience in the lab for all three sciences.

In Human Biology, you’ll focus on four main topics:

  • Human Cells (stem cells, somatic and germline cells, cancer cells)
  • Physiology and Health (reproductive organs and gametes)
  • Neurobiology and Communication (the nervous system and the brain)
  • Immunology and Public Health (defences, infectious diseases and immunisation)

There are four in Chemistry too:

  • Chemical Changes and Structure (controlling reaction rates and periodic trends)
  • Researching Chemistry (the relevance of chemical theory to everyday life)
  • Nature’s Chemistry (food and everyday products such as soaps, detergents and skincare)
  • Chemistry in Society (industrial production of products)

In other areas, you’ll investigate a science and technological issue which affects society. Choosing your own topic for investigation, such as IVF in women over 50, you’ll research reasons for and against.

You’ll also look more at biotechnology, including processing, and applications such as agriculture, horticulture, clinical and forensic medicine.

Finally, you’ll expand your knowledge of physics through looking at mechanics and heat, while also developing your maths skills within a scientific context.

Go Anywhere

In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a Level 7 course such as HNC Applied Sciences or HNC Clinical and Administrative Practice (preferred route into Nursing)
  • Seeking to start your career with employment while undertaking further study.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019



Start Date

26 Aug 2019



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