Diploma in Clinical Science


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Diploma in Clinical Science

Why Oxford Learning College


The Clinical Science course is ideal for new learners and those who want to expand their knowledge about science and health. It will examine the various organs and systems in the human body and provide clinical understanding and skills of how to assess and measure the various biological tests and ways to study the body. The first five modules are related to body systems, and will include details of common conditions and treatments relative to its function and anatomy. The following modules are devoted to specific elements of clinical practice, and will also refer back to body systems to form an integrated and holistic approach. There will be activities within some of the modules for revision and clarification purposes – these activities will be formative. A glossary will be included in the majority of modules to act as a useful reference.


Course Content

Module 1: Cardiovascular and circulatory systems


One of the key organs in the body that transports food and oxygen, removes wastes, maintains and regulates the internal environment via Homeostasis is the cardiovascular and circulatory system. A detailed look at the anatomy and physiology of this system, the heart and blood, is carried out and additionally, examples of common conditions and disorders such as; cardiovascular disease, leukaemia, anaemia, and other relevant conditions are given. The module will contain detailed images and diagrams to aid learning.



Module 2: Respiratory system


This module looks at the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and how humans respire – the mechanism about the way we breathe and exchange gases from the nose and mouth to the lungs, to be transported by the blood to every part of the body. Examples of common conditions and disorders such as carcinoma, tuberculosis, pleurisy, asthma, smoking and other relevant conditions, including detailed diagrams, comprehensive symptom description and treatment indications will be described in detail.


Module 3: Nervous and musculoskeletal systems


Something simple like blinking our eyes when we are awake or walking from bed as we get up require a complex set of movement and instruction from our brain and the Central Nervous system, CNS. This third module looks at the anatomy and physiology of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, how our body is held up and protected and also how messages are passed around the nerves and synapses in the human body. First how bones are made and form a complex skeleton attached to various muscle groups using tendons and ligaments is studied. The more common conditions and disorders such as breaks and traumas, tumours, Alzheimer's, arthritis, osteoporosis, and other relevant conditions, and possible treatment is investigated n depth.



Module 4: Gastrointestinal and endocrine systems


This section gives students the opportunity to explore the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems through detailed diagrams and comprehensive descriptions to explain what happens to the food we ingest, digestion and the waste that results. The role of enzymes and hormones is discussed, as well as examples of common conditions and disorders such as carcinoma, absorption, gastric ulceration, diabetes, Cirrhosis and glandular problems, and other relevant conditions with treatment their indications.


Module 5: Skin, reproductive and urinary systems, and special senses


This module looks at the anatomy and physiology of the skin, genetic reproductive and urinary systems. Detailed look at hair and nails, as well as the role of the skin as a protective and sense organ is carried out. How humans reproduce and have adapted to their environment follows, with a general look at the Kidney in filtration and production of urine. In addition examples of common conditions and disorders such as carcinoma, eczema, psoriasis, infertility, endometriosis, prostate problems, kidney disorders, and other relevant conditions are studied.


Part two


Within the second part of this course there is a significant amount of chemistry and biochemistry used to explain the detailed reactions that help the body function from respiration to detailed processes at the cellular level. This section links closely to the previous learning in part 1 of the course. Glossaries will be given with each topic so that students have a useful and accessible resource.


Module 6: Clinical pathology


In this module the focus is on the normal pathology or what makes the body ill or sick, which disease are the cause and how can it be attacked. Our body can be resilient; we can build resistance and immunity so how this is possible is investigated through microbiology. Detailed cellular composition, how our cells regenerate, where the energy comes from and how pathogens impact the body at its basic level is explored with particular emphasis on common diseases as well as recent epidemics such as with the Ebola and HIV-Aids virus.


Module 7: Clinical pharmacology


A key to fighting pathogens was through the development of chemicals to counter-attack them. Initially humans used plants and commonly found substances like salt and spices. The classification and grouping of drugs, and how drugs work and are administered is explored. Drug addiction and the processes behind this are also considered. Specific examples of drugs will be given, together with the correlating diseases they are used to treat; for example students will look at antibiotics, analgesics, chemotherapy and, e.g. the use of beta-blockers in treating hypertension and heart disease.


Module 8: Clinical immunology and epidemiology


The immune system is a collection of cells and chemicals that protect the body against harmful micro-organism. The basic structure and function of immunology, what it means in terms of disease, and prevention such as vaccination and inoculation, and also when we are immune-deficient is studied in depth. The way in which vaccines are made, the history of their development and how immunology is linked to epidemiology and predicting disease in the population will be covered.


Module 9: Nutrition and psychology


Nutrition is an important part of health, growth and wellbeing as it maintains and is maintained by homeostasis. We look at different food groups, the body's requirements and the way in which food is used by the body to provide energy that runs the body systems, and to keep us well. Eating disorders, malnutrition and the psychological aspects of diet, exercise, relaxation, health and disease are explored.


Module 10: Clinical examination and diagnostic procedures


Skills are needed in effectively examining and treating a patient. A balance of professionalism is required alongside empathy and good communication. Knowledge of the systematic examination, both specifically and generally are addressed. This final module looks at some of the diagnostic procedures such as X-ray, blood tests, MRI scanning, ECG, and other significant and commonly used tests. Within this topic, specific examples where these tests are used such as for screening purposes are looked at. Some information is given in detail whilst other topics are covered briefly and can be researched further depending on interest and needs of the learner.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Clinical Science

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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Overall rating 4.6666666666667 out of 5 based on 3 student reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I found it intense and challenging and a positve way of testing my previous knowlege. As the course was first released in 2007, it would be useful to update it as science has changed since 2007. Also more chemistry modules could be included so the course is more recognised by HE institutions.

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it was a pleasure to study the clinical science course...|I|t was hard and i had to prepare seriously to hold the exam...I am very happy i graduate.

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The course was interesting and covered a wide range of topics, and I enjoyed doing the SAPs. I have really enjoyed the learning experience. The response to the SAPs were timely and encouraging. Thank-you, Michelle

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