Diploma Level 3 - Applied Science Extended Diploma
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
If you enjoy GCSE Science and have ambitions to learn more about the practical application of scientific techniques in modern day science professions, with the aim of progressing into a scientific career yourself, then the BTEC Applied Science Extended Diploma is the course for you. This is a mixed delivery course encompassing practicals, which will enable you to learn in the context of realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the scientific employment area you have chosen, you will develop a range of transferrable skills needed to start or progress in any career. Valued by employers and universities, these skills offer a clear route into employment or higher education.
Through the two year programme you will study 7 mandatory units (Principles and Applications of Sciences I and II, Practical Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Laboratory Techniques and their Application, Investigative Project and Contemporary Issues in Science) and 6 specialist units including:
Genetics - Develop a deeper practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of genetics, inheritance, modern genetic engineering techniques and their uses
Diseases and Infections – Focus on causes of infectious diseases, and their transmission, prevention and treatment; also the role of organisations in preventing epidemics and pandemics.
Microbiology - Carry out practical work to prepare and use different types of growth media and different inoculation techniques; microorganisms are essential and more recently biotechnology has given microorganisms an important role in agriculture, food production and medicine.
Medical Physics – Learn how surgery today is faster, less invasive and more effective than ever, thanks in part to improvements in medical imaging technology as a result of developments in medical physics. Also learn about health and safety, risks and the side effects of using radiation.
Materials Science - Gain an understanding of new materials replacing traditional ones to bring advances in new technologies, such as graphene and new composites used in display screens, electric circuits and solar cells.
Applications and Forensic Science - You will take part in a simulated crime scene investigation and be expected to demonstrate appropriate forensic techniques to process and document the scene, collecting biological, chemical and physical evidence.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
5 GCSEs at least a grade 44 in the Sciences (Core AND Additional or all separate sciences) and Grade 4 in English. Grade 5 in Mathematics is preferred based on the high mathematical content of the subject, Grade 4 will be considered based on UMS points achieved in Mathematics and grade profile across other relevant subjects.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
This course is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and it does not need to be supplemented by other qualifications. However, it is possible to do an additional course from our range of A Levels and BTEC Extended Certificates (from other subject areas) with high average for UMS points. You can discuss the suitable combinations at interview.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Assessment consists of a combination of external (40%) and internal assessments (60%).
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
Any costs associated with this course will be clarified at interview.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
BTEC Extended Diploma
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type Diploma Level 3
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body Pearson