MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences
Course Code AS4-04-15
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST


Entry Requirements

MCAST Diploma in Applied Science
MCAST Diploma in Health and Social Care
4 SEC/O-Level /SSC&P (Level 3) passes
Compulsory: English Language, Mathematics, Biology
Preferred: Maltese, Chemistry

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description

This diploma has been developed to prepare students for health related careers.
Students will learn about the impact of human beings on the environment, be able to understand the physical and psychological changes of ageing, understand aspects of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems, and build competences in dealing with people with health problems and with challenging behaviour.

Through work placements students will get the chance to develop the skills and competences required to work within the health sector.This course includes work-related training and practice. Applicants have to be able to work within the industries concerned

Study/Course Delivery

During this two-year programme students will follow 19 units of study and will also experience work placement training. Students will follow a structured taught programme that will consist of class-based lectures. Work placement will be carried out with one 4-week block placement every academic year, and one day work placement per week for the first academic year only.


All units for this course are locally assessed using MCAST grading and assessment criteria. For each unit of study a limited number of formal assessments (between 2 to 4) will be carried out by students to provide evidence of their learning. Work-placed assessments will also be carried out through visits and monitoring of students’ logbooks.

Programme Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the physiological, sociological, and psychological approaches applied within a health and social care setting.
  2. Recall how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in health and social care settings.
  3. Understand potential effects of life factors and events on the development of the individual.
  4. Understand the factors that affect health status and patterns of ill health, and know the origins and application of current public health strate
Core Study Units
  • Medications
  • Immunology
  • Public Health
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
  • Key S
Optional Units
Progress After Completion

Northumbria University Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing Studies
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Sciences (Physiological Measurements)
Bachelor of Arts(Honours) in Health and Social Care (Management)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Health

Career Opportunities

Allied Health Assistant
Paramedic aide
Health administrator
Environmental health practitioner
Progression to nursing studies

Programme Outline