Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Course Content
The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 1: What is Pharmacology?
In this unit you will learn about the science has evolved over the years and basis for the practice medicine, nursing, dentistry and veterinarian medicine. There is continuous research by pharmacologists and drug companies to develop new drugs to improve the treatment options for illness and diseases.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 2: The Principles of Pharmacokinetics
Within this unit you will explore process of Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Elimination (ADME). The main drug administration sites and their corresponding elimination routes in the body are described. You will explore the role of the kidneys and also liver.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 3: How Drugs Act
Through this unit you will be able to discover how drugs work within the body and the mechanisms for drug actions. In order for drugs to have an effect of the body they must target specific receptors such as pain receptors, this unit will explore the classifications of receptors and how chemical messages and cell communication occurs.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 4: The Respiratory System
Here you will discover anatomy of the respiratory system (mouth, nose, trachea, lungs and diaphragm) and the physiology of breathing. The unit also addresses the more common respiratory conditions associated with this system such as Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 5: The Heart and Vascular System
In this unit you will learn understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the heart and the vascular system, and the conditions that can affect each system – such as angina, myocardial infarction, heart failure, systemic hypertension and peripheral vascular disease.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 6: The Kidneys
You will explore the presentation of anatomy and physiology of the kidneys, and their specific diseases and treatments available, with a focus on the drugs that affect the kidneys and associated systems. You will gain an understanding of kidney stones and kidney failure.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 7: The Digestive System
Here you review how the digestive system accounts for 8% of all prescriptions of medications in the UK ranging from treatment for vomiting and diarrhoea to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 8: The Pancreas, Pituitary and Thyroid Glands
Within this unit you will explore the anatomy and physiology and functional mechanisms of each gland will be examined, along with associated illnesses such as diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 9: The Nervous System
This unit is reviewing the central nervous system. You will discover an understanding of drugs and characteristics that are used for treatment purposes for the nervous system as well as reviewing the pharmacological characteristics of antiepileptics, antipsychotics, antidepressants and analgesics.
Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 10: Antibiotics and Chemotherapy
In this final unit is reviewing the previous nits as well as looking into how antibiotic drugs destroy infections caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The unit also explains how cancer cells grow and reproduce, and the mechanism of chemotherapy and its impact on the process of cell division – along with its side effects, such as hair loss and vomiting.
This Accredited Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.