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At the end of this course students are awards a BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science. This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    BTEC Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (in addition to4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above).

    Assessment Method

    Assessment consists of two externally assessed exam units and five internally assessed units. Externally Assessed Units: Units 5: Principles and Applications of Science II Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science Internally Assessed Units: Unit 6: Investigative Project Unit 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction Unit 16: Astronomy and Space Science Unit 21: Medical Physics Applications Unit 22: Materials Science

    Aims of the course

    This is a full-time course for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in the applied science sector before entering employment.

    Progression Opportunities

    The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higherorder skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example the stud yof applied science particularly encourages development of skills such as evaluation analysis andsynthesis. These skills are developed through the variety of approaches to teaching and learning enabled by the specification. In particular Unit 6: Investigative Project and Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science allow learners to demonstrate their ability to plan research address problems assimilate data and draw together and communicate their findings.


    The majority of lessons will take place in a laboratory. In addition students will use ICT labs to develop research skills and proficiency in relevant computer software. Students will also be expected to participate in day trips in relation to particular subjects.

    Career Options

    There are a range of career options available. The majority of students pursue careers in pharmaceutical science forensic science biomedical science paramedical science biotechnology etc.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 35 weeks
Start Date 02/09/2024
End Date 27/06/2025
Course Code 4SCBB9S0


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16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,698
24+ £3,698
International £9,000
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