NC Biomedical Sciences
Full time, one year
From 26 Aug 2019
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:
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.
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:
There are four in Chemistry too:
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.
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: