• Science

    HND Biomedical Science

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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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.

Ayrshire College is an ideal choice for studying science:

  • We have STEM Assured Status which means we have been recognised for the quality of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths courses.
  • We’re an educational partner of Glasgow Science Centre.
  • We won Training Partner of the Year at the prestigious SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) Skills Awards in 2017.

If you’re looking for a career in the biomedical sector, this course can help you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • To have completed the HNC Applied Sciences (with a minimum of 15 credits)
  • An interview with us

What's Involved

This course gives you a sound academic basis for progression onto a degree course in biomedical sciences at university. You’ll cover a wide range of subjects, as well as developing your practical skills in the lab.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll explore molecular DNA technology, including cloning, RNA extraction, cDNA library synthesis, PCR and Real Time PCR.
  • You’ll learn key aspects of microbiology, including micro-organisms, clinical microbiology and infection, and cellular microbiology.
  • You’ll examine immunological techniques, looking at how antibodies are produced in vivo and their use in diagnostics and research.
  • You’ll develop a detailed understanding of protein structure and function, including keeping proteins in their native states, specific binding, regulating protein activity and proteomics.
  • You’ll explore biomedical pathology, investigating the pathological factors relating to a variety of medical conditions, including anaemias, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, and liver diseases.
  • You’ll look at key aspects of human metabolism, including the role of enzymes, and carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism.
  • You’ll look at biomedical investigations, including techniques used in medical laboratory sciences to diagnosis disease, interpret results and aid patient management.
  • You’ll explore cellular signalling and learn what happens when errors in signalling occur.
  • You’ll learn the common techniques used in biochemical laboratories, including spectrophotometry, enzyme assays, chromatography and electrophoresis.

Go Anywhere

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

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

  • Moving onto a degree course at university such as Applied Biomedical Science, Forensic Investigation or Microbiology.
  • Seeking to start your career with employment at technician or professional level in research and industrial laboratories, including NHS biomedical laboratories.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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