Learners must complete 45 graded credits at level 3 from 'academic subject content units. 18 credits must be taken from the Mandatory group. A maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Research optional group and a minimum of 21 credits must be taken from the optional unit group. Learners must complete 15 ungraded credits, 9 credits from the Mandatory ungraded group and 6 credits from the Optional ungraded group.
Why choose Gateway Qualifications for this qualification?
Gateway Qualifications offers a range of innovative, flexible and dynamic vocational qualifications that are valued and meaningful and which will develop the skills necessary to gain employment or to progress through further study.
Learner must achieve 18 credits from this group
Essential Chemistry and Biomolecules
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Mathematics for Science
Learners must achieve 21 credits from this group
Cell Theory and Microbiology
Chemical Basics and Atomic Structure
Chemical Bonding, Structure and Quantity
Circulation, Immunity and Homeostasis
Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria
Human Systems - Co-ordination
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Nutrition and Digestion
Practical Chemical Analysis
The Endocrine System
Learners must achieve 6 credits from this group
Academic Reading Skills
Academic Writing Skills
Communication - Speaking and Listening
Developing Professional Attributes
Drug Calculations and Health Related Charts
Mathematics - Calculations
Practical Science Skills
Presenting Information Using ICT
Problem Solving in the Workplace
Professional Interpersonal Skills
Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience
Intended learner groupsa) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.
How this diploma meets learners' needs
The Diploma will provide them with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of knowledge will be acquired which support an understanding of medicine and will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto the relevant degrees.
What this diploma covers
The units include a balance of units which allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level. The ungraded units have been chosen to support both progression into higher education and also to allow the learners to develop skills relevant to the subject area e.g. introduction to biology and preparation for higher education. A drug calculation unit has also been included to continue the focus on the importance of maths within health based study. This is highly relevant to work in the healthcare sector.
Face to face
Assessment will be from a variety of methods: Project, exam, practical investigation, report, annotated diagram, experiment, graphs and charts, short answer questions, written assignment.
Successful completion criteriaLearners will likely require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level or a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths to progress onto a degree course.
Progression routes• Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)
• Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) BSc (Hons)
• Biology BSc (Hons)
• Bioscience BSc (Hons)
• BSc Biomedicine
• BSc Biomedical Science
• BSc (Hons.) Biomedical Science
• BSc (Hons.) Biochemistry
• BSc (Hons.) Pharmaceutical Science
• BSc (Hons.) Pharmacy
• BSc (Hons) Nursing
• BSc Hons Nursing (Child)
• Degree Apprenticeships Nursing
Provider approval criteriaDepending on the choice of unit, centres will require access to relevant science equipment.
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