Applied Science BTEC Nationals/Biomedical Science Techniques


On completion of this unit a learner should:

1. Be able to investigate the structure and characteristics of major groups of organisms of medical importance
2. Understand how the body defends itself against infection
3. Know how the principles of blood transfusion science relate to haematology
4. Know the importance of cell pathology as a diagnostic tool
5. Understand how the chemical make-up of the body influences health and disease.


Edexcel recommend the following resources.


Crocker J C — Molecular Biology in Cellular Pathology (John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2003) ISBN 0470844752

Hoffbrand V and Mehta A B — Haematology at a Glance (Blackwell Publishing, 2005) ISBN 1405126663

Luxton R — Clinical Biochemistry (Scion Publishing, 2005) ISBN 0750628782

Murphy M F et alPractical Transfusion Medicine (Blackwell Science, 2000) ISBN 0632051140

National Blood Service — Guidelines for the Blood Transfusion Services in the United Kingdom, 7th Edition (The Stationery Office, 2005) ISBN 0117033715

Provan D et alOxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 0198526520

Tortora G J — Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) ISBN 0471718718

Tortora G J, Funke B R and Case C L — Microbiology: An Introduction (Benjamin Cummings, 2005) ISBN 0805377522


Biomedical Scientist

Journal of Epidemiology

New Scientist

Nursing Times