Biomedical Sciences

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus


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. A huge part of biomedical science is directly relevant to nursing, and this course gets you started on a scientific or medical-related career, while still keeping your options open.

This course is mainly Higher Human Biology and Higher Chemistry units, with some supporting subjects to help you prepare for a future career in science or healthcare. You’ll have the opportunity to sit your SQA exams in these two main subjects, and will also receive the SQA Group Award NC Applied Sciences (Level 6).

This course gives you an in depth understanding of the various processes in the human body and how these can be affected by various external and internal factors, such as illness and disease. It also offers a significant practical element, with plenty of ‘hands on’ experience in the lab for all three sciences.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5, English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry preferred, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent. A place on the course is subject to an interview process.

Progression Routes

Relevant HNC or employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General