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Certificate of Higher Education Pre-medical Studies


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of)
UCAS Code: A900 Duration/Length: 1 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Not Defined Director of Studies: Dr GM Brown
Total Credit Points: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The course is designed to prepare students for successful entry to medical school and to gain a Certificate in Higher Education. It is designed for students whose A level mix does not allow direct entry to Medicine, or whose circumstances affected their A level performance. There is the opportunity for selected students from this course to enter the first year of the medical degree at the University of Lancaster. Subsequent admission to the medical degree is dependent on academic performance on this course and a successful Medical School admissions interview.

    On this one-year course, students take a total of 15 modules covering a range of subjects including: Anatomy and Tissue Structure; Introduction to Biomedical Science; Genetics; Hormones and Development; Infection and Immunity, and Human Physiology. 

    The programme aims to: 

    • Provide a structured and broad understanding of medical and biochemical processes, including a molecular and genetic knowledge of living organisms both in health and disease.
    • Provide knowledge and experience of careers within the NHS.
    • Provide students with the opportunity to collect, analyse and present observations and experimental data.
    • Enable students to apply quantitative techniques in scientific analysis and to develop numerical skills. 
    • Equip students with the ability to synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    • Provide educational opportunities to students with non-standard qualifications and/or backgrounds.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • Develop critical and analytical problem-solving skills.
    • Develop general/transferable skills so as to prepare students for graduate employment, e.g. ability to; work independently or as part of a team, use relevant information technology, demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, be self-reliant, manage time and work to deadlines.
    • Equip students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to further study.
    • Prepare students for successful entry to medical school.
    • Prepare students for direct second year entry to life science degree schemes, e.g. at Lancaster could qualify for Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences, etc.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates will be able to: 

    • Demonstrate a structured and broad understanding of medical and biochemical processes, including a molecular and genetic knowledge of living organisms both in health and disease
    • Collect, analyse and present observations and experimental data and interpret numerical data.
    • Apply quantitative techniques in scientific analysis
    • Synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    • Demonstrate critical and analytical problem-solving skills. 
    • Work independently or as part of a team, use relevant information technology, demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, be self-reliant, manage time and work to deadlines.
    • Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to further study
    • Satisfy academic and experiential foundations for an application to medical school
    • Satisfy academic background for direct second year entry to life science degree schemes, e.g. at Lancaster could qualify for Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences, etc.

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