For anyone who sees their future career in Science the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent starting point. It covers a wide range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills from which the theory is then drawn.
This BTEC course is very practical with plenty of opportunities to implement the theory that you learn. You will go on a residential field trip to complete a scientific investigation. It is mainly course-work based, which means that you have a very clear understanding of your progress throughout the course, to help you plan and achieve your next steps. Taught by subject specialists, with laboratory experience, you will learn by completing laboratory-based practical assignments, supported self-study assignments, presentations and discussions that are based on real workplace situations, activities and demands.
Taught by subject specialists, with laboratory experience, you will learn by completing laboratory-based practical assignments, supported self-study assignments, presentations and discussions that are based on real workplace situations, activities and demands. The course covers a wide range of subjects including physiology and industrial applications, as well as using statistical and mathematical tools required for science. As you do not have one of your Maths or English Language GCSE at C/4 you will also be studying this alongside your BTEC course.
Blending together a mix of theoretical and practical topics in a well-resourced environment, the course covers a wide range of science topics to allow you to experience the full breadth of the world of science, helping you to identify areas of interest and your future specialisms.
- Biology – including physiology of the human body, genetics and biomedical techniques
- Physics – Electrical circuits and electronics, Medical physics, Energy changes, sources and applications
- Chemistry – Applications and techniques of chemistry, Chemistry for technicians and Biochemistry
- General Science – Working in the science industry, Perceptions of science, Science fundamentals and Scientific practical techniques
- Mathematics – Mathematical and Statistical tools for science
Entry RequirementsYou should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Science, Additional Science, Mathematics and English Language. Alternatively you should have passed Level 2 Extended Certificate in Science with at least a Merit grade and GCSE passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.
Duration and DeliveryTwo years, full time.
ProgressionWe have outstanding results, with students progressing to excellent universities such as Surrey, UCL, King’s College and Brunel on a variety of degrees including Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Clinical Science, Life Science, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Science and Physics. A number of our students have been awarded scholarships for places at these universities. Alternatively, for those students not wishing to progress to university, comprehensive support is provided to help them find alternatives such as employment or apprenticeships.
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What qualifications will I get?
After successful completion of the second year, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science, equivalent in size to 3 A-levels.
How will I be assessed?
Of the 7 Units studied in the second year, 5 are achieved by completing assignments, which are set and marked internally by your tutors. This coursework is assessed against Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria to determine an overall grade for each Unit. One Unit is assessed by means of an externally-set examination. One further Unit is assessed through completion of an externally-set project.
How do I get a place on the course?
Successfully completing the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science with a merit grade or higher, plus meeting further entry requirements related to attendance and a mature approach to learning.
What are the entry requirements?
A merit grade or higher on the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science
What else do I need to know?
You will undertake a wide range of practical investigations, through which good laboratory practice will be developed.
All laboratory safety equipment will be provided by the College.
You will undertake a 1 week work placement during each year of the course.
If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability or Additional Educational Need, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can also assist you with this.
Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?
You are expected to have your own scientific calculator.
You may wish to purchase a recommended textbook to accompany the course.
How much will this course cost?
Fees are not applicable to 16-18 year olds.
You may be required to make set contributions towards educational trips and/or travel expenses to local events.
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