Medical & Healthcare Science T Level

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Getting Ahead

Medical & Healthcare Science T Level at South Downs Campus

Welcome to T Level Medical and Healthcare Science! This exciting new course starts in September and we will be based in our newly refurbished laboratory. We are really looking forward to meeting you and working with you over the next two years. Below are some links to some reading, videos and tasks for you to complete before you start with us.

Did you know? German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was the first person to observe X-rays in 1895. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield, during the Balkan War, to find bullets and broken bones inside patients.

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There are many career options that medical and healthcare science T level could lead on to. Explore this website for information about the range of NHS careers in health care science.

It is often easier to understand someone’s job role when you can see them at work. Here are a few videos of real NHS healthcare science staff at work:

Healthcare Science Careers

A Day in the Life of a Biomedical Science Undergraduate

A Career in the NHS as a Laboratory Support Technician

The Journey of a Blood Sample

Meet Ruth, a Clinical Healthcare Scientist

Radiology Support Worker

A Career in Cardiac Physiology

Respiratory Physiologist – Careers in Health

After reading the links in the ‘resources’ area and watching the above videos, what job role(s) are you interested in, in medical and healthcare science?

In 250 words we would like you to write a statement explaining why you want to work in medical and healthcare science and the kind of role(s) you are particularly interested in. Try to include evidence of your own independent reading and research. Please bring this with you to your enrolment interview.

  • In the 14th century, many disease outbreaks had been documented and there was some understanding of how infectious diseases spread.
  • Robert Hooke presented the first published depiction of a microrganism, the microfungus Mucor in 1665. This lead to discovery of the existence of other microscopic organisms was discovered during the period 1665–83.
  • However, it wasn’t until In 1861 that Louis Pasteur published his germ theory which proved that bacteria caused some diseases.
  • Viruses were not discovered until the end of the 19th century.
  • German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was the first person to observe X-rays in 1895. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield, during the Balkan War, to find bullets and broken bones inside patients.
  • By the 1920s, ECG’s were the go-to test to distinguish if chest pain was originating in the heart or not, and exactly what was going on in the heart to cause that pain.
  • It was not until 1977 that the first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam on a live human patient was performed.
*This is a representation of your learning space and may not be the exact room you will be using

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