• Science

    HND Biomedical Science

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


This course is your gateway to understanding how the human body functions and mastering techniques for disease diagnosis and treatment. If you're aspiring to a career in the biomedical sector, this course offers a solid foundation.

Entry Requirements

Ready to take the plunge into Biomedical Science? Here's what you'll need:

  • completion of HNC Applied Sciences (with a minimum of 15 credits)
  • an interview with us

For employed candidates this course is also available on Part Time/Day Release basis. To discuss this option and to obtain further information please contact the department by emailing carolann.mcconnachie@ayrshire.ac.uk

Course Content

Uncover a vast array of subjects and develop practical lab skills, including:

  • molecular DNA technology: covering cloning, RNA extraction, cDNA library synthesis, PCR, and Real-Time PCR
  • key aspects of microbiology: exploring micro-organisms, clinical microbiology, infection, and cellular microbiology
  • immunological techniques: understanding antibody production in vivo and their use in diagnostics and research
  • in-depth knowledge of protein structure and function: keeping proteins in their native states, specific binding, and proteomics
  • biomedical pathology: investigating pathological factors related to medical conditions like anaemias, cardiovascular disorders, and liver diseases
  • human metabolism: including the role of enzymes, and carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism
  • biomedical investigations: techniques used in medical laboratories for disease diagnosis and patient management
  • cellular signalling: exploring what happens when errors in signalling occur
  • common techniques used in biochemical laboratories: such as spectrophotometry, enzyme assays, chromatography, and electrophoresis

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, choose your path:

  • progress to a university degree in Applied Biomedical Science, Forensic Investigation, or Microbiology
  • begin your career at a technician or professional level in research and industrial laboratories, including NHS biomedical laboratories

Why Choose This Course?

Equip yourself with skills vital for a fulfilling career in Biomedical Science. Beyond theory, gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs. Develop meta skills and transferable skills that enhance your cognitive abilities. Your journey to a dynamic and rewarding career in Biomedical Science begins with us!

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Start Date

Aug 2024

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