Name of Programme
CertHE Medical Science
Final Award
CertHE
Location
Crewe
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Allied Health
Programme Code(s)
UCTF1SBS / Full Time / 9 Months
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Biosciences
Biomedical Science
Admission Criteria
Three A level passes (including Biology and Chemistry) at BBC or above. A third science preferred. English language level equivalent to at least 6.5 IELTS or GCSE English Language grade A-C. Mature and APEL students will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicable Cohort(s)
From September 2018
FHEQ Level
4
UCAS Code
B902
Summary of Programme
This is a 120-unit CertHE award in Medical Sciences, studied in two semesters. Subject coverage includes the
following topics (note that these are not, in every case, the actual names of the modules).
1) The doctor-patient relationship.
2) Molecular Cell Biology.
3) Chemistry and Physics for the Life Sciences.
4) Neurobiology and Musculoskeletal control.
5) Gastrointestinal function and nutritional biochemistry.
6) Circulation, breathing and the interior milieu
Educational Aims of the Programme
The Programme emphasises current priorities in scientific medicine and medical education; fundamental concepts
in biology; problem based approaches to learning; the role of evidence and mechanism in health; in silico
approaches to biomedical research; the development of graduate cognitive attributes, in particular critique and
innovation; and the development of professional and employability skills. Certificate holders are prepared for
application to medical school, training in other health professions, and transfer to BSc schemes including that
offered by Medipathways. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of enhancement activities;
these are indicated in the transferable skills section.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the CertHE
programme, students will have knowledge and
understanding of the following disciplines.
1. Cell function and tissue architecture
2. Cell communication including endocrine
signals
3. Biochemical pathways and metabolism
4. Macromolecular structure and function
5. Energy and matter transformations in
biology
6. Chemical and physical processes and
modeling
7. Biological information and its transmission
8. Physiological regulation and adaptation
9. Neuroscience and aspects of behaviour
10. Skeletomuscular function
11. The main organ systems and their
interrelation
12. Data evaluation and interpretation
13. Bioethics, medical ethics, professional
conduct

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Lectures
2. Class tutorials with preparation
3. Small group tutorials/task forces
4. Problem based learning
5. Journal clubs
6. Attendance at external events
7. Student-led seminars
8. In silico labs
9. Wet labs
10. Directed study
11. Personal statement, mock interview

Assessment Strategy

1. Essays
2. Case reports
3. Exams and in-class tests
4. Timed open-source tasks
5. Tutorial and journal club participation
6. Portfolio entries
7. Wet and dry lab outputs and reports
8. Problem Based Learning reports
9. Presentations, posters, student lectures
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

The programme is designed to promote the
development of these graduate attributes, which
map onto scientific and medical habits of
thought:
1. Critical thinking
2. Synthesis of data from different sources
3. Justification/decision making
4. Innovative thinking
5. hypothesis testing

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Lectures
2. Class tutorials with preparation
3. Small group tutorials/task forces
4. Problem based learning
5. Journal clubs
6. Attendance at external events
7. Student-led seminars
8. In silico labs
9. Wet labs
10.Directed study
11.Personal statement, mock interview

Assessment Strategy

1. Essays
2. Case reports
3. Exams and in-class tests
4. Timed open-source tasks
5. Tutorial and journal club participation
6. Portfolio entries
7. Wet and dry lab outputs and reports
8. Problem Based Learning reports
9. Presentations, posters, student lectures
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

Practical skills (subject specific):
1. Laboratory technique: protocols in cell
biology, chemistry, biochemistry and
anatomy
2. Assessment of histological specimens
3. Bioinformatic skills
4. Practical biomedical modelling
5. Practical statistics and meta-analysis

Transferable skills (generic):
1. Constructive thinking,
2. Independent learning and self-guided study
3. Team working skills
4. Communicating effectively,
5. Self-awareness and reflection
6. Time Management skills
7. Planning and Organisational skills
8. IT skills

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Practical skills:
1. Intensive lab exercise: cell biology, neuroscience,
endocrinology, renal system, chemistry.
2. Cadaver lab visit
3. Bioinformatics lab
4. Modelling lab
5. Lectures/demonstrations
6. Tutorial

Transferable skills:
1. Medimentor reports/MMI performance
2. Medipathways student conference
3. The programme embeds these professional and
employability skills in class tutorials, assessments,
and the PBL process.

Assessment Strategy

Practical skills:
1. Lab notebook and set exercises
2. In silico assignments
3. Group project in physical modelling
4. Written Examination

Transferable skills:
1. Timed open-source tasks
2. Tutorial and journal club participation
3. Portfolio entries
4. Wet and dry lab outputs and reports
5. PBL reports
6. Presentations, posters, student lectures
External Reference Points
Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
(Link);

How to Use Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria by David Gosling and Jenny Moon. Published by
SEEC. (Link).
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Date approved by School Board of Study
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