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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
2.1 Science
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ003956
Price:
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Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
40010557

Qualification Summary

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.

Units

Mandatory Graded

Learner must achieve 18 credits from this group

Essential Chemistry and Biomolecules

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006277
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Human Anatomy and Physiology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU031950
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Mathematics for Science

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006176
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Understanding Genetics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU018996
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Optional Units Research: Graded

Learners must achieve 6 credits from this group

Research: Extended Writing Project for Science

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU028879
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Research: Practical Investigation Project for Science

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026078
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Optional Units: Graded

Learners must achieve 21 credits from this group

Biological Molecules

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006106
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Cell Theory and Microbiology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU029962
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Chemical Basics and Atomic Structure

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006146
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Chemical Bonding, Structure and Quantity

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006148
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Circulation, Immunity and Homeostasis

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU029150
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Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006259
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Fundamental Chemistry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006301
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Human Systems - Co-ordination

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006471
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Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU030429
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Nutrition and Digestion

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025625
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Practical Chemical Analysis

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU019014
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The Blood

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014056
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The Endocrine System

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017109
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Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must achieve 9 credits from this group

Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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References and Reliability of Sources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026344
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Study Skills for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU031633
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must achieve 6 credits from this group

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Drug Calculations and Health Related Charts

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025837
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Mathematics - Calculations

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007516
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Practical Science Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010772
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Presentation Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018352
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Presenting Information Using ICT

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU027084
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Problem Solving in the Workplace

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018630
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025796
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Spreadsheets

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011467
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Statistics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007846
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Writing reports

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026155
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Intended learner groups

a) 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.


Delivery methods

Face to face
Blended learning

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 criteria

Learners 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 criteria

Depending on the choice of unit, centres will require access to relevant science equipment.

Funding information

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