Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Entry Requirements
All students must be 16 years of age and above to enter our Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma course.
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.
Approximately 20 hours per unit
Optional coursework and final examination.
Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Course Content
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 1: What is Pharmacology?
This module examines the science of pharmacology in detail, describing its many features, and looking into its origins. 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. The three phases of clinical testing and the purpose of a patent will be explained.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 2: The Principles of Pharmacokinetics
This unit focuses on the pharmacokinetic process of Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Elimination (ADME). The main drug administration sites and their corresponding elimination routes in the body are described. The unit also explores the role of the kidneys and liver in the metabolism and elimination of drugs, and considers the two stages of drug absorption in orally administered drugs.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 3: How Drugs Act
This unit is going to focus on 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. Side effects of drugs will be explained.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 4: The Respiratory System
This unit explains the 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 (COPD) and how pharmacology can influence them through the use of inhalers etc. The main principles of immunisation are described.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 5: The Heart and Vascular System
This unit establishes a basic 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 The different drug classes for treatment of common conditions that affect the heart and vascular systems will be examined and their interactions and effects discussed.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 6: The Kidneys
This unit explains the 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. The foremost group of drugs that act on the kidneys are diuretics which are often prescribed for treatment of forms of cardiovascular disease and their effects will also be described. The unit will also look into the pharmacological treatments in the management of kidney failure, kidney stones and adult nocturnal enuresis.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 7: The Digestive System
This unit initially focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and also the conditions that affect it. 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. The unit describes the drugs that affect inflammation, gastric secretion and function within this body system.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 8: The Pancreas, Pituitary and Thyroid Glands
The pancreas, pituitary and thyroid are part of the endocrine body system; these glands secrete hormones into the blood the synthesise substances such as sugar and to control body functions such as growth and heat production. In this unit, the anatomy and physiology and functional mechanisms of each gland will be examined, along with associated illnesses such as diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism. The characteristics of drug groups that are used to control these conditions will be discussed and explained.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 9: The Nervous System
This unit focuses on the structure of the brain, including brain function and the drug receptors in the brain that together with the blood brain barrier to allow pharmacological agents to work. There is detailed examination of the Central Nervous System (CNS), the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and the Autonomic Nervous system (PNS) and their associated functions. There is discussion of the different drugs and their characteristics that are used in the treatment of conditions affecting the nervous system. The pharmacological characteristics of antiepileptics, antipsychotics, antidepressants and analgesics are explained.
Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma Unit 10: Antibiotics and Chemotherapy
This final unit addresses the important subject of 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. The use of retro-antiviral drugs in the treatment of HIV is explained.
This Level 3 Pharmacology Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.