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Applied Science Level 3

Biomedical/Forensic and analytical/Physical Science

If you have a passion for science but are not sure what area you want to work in, then this course will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Study Core units in your first year and embark on a specialist route in your second year which will lead you into a career pathway.

The course covers topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills. You will build on your previous studies of science by widening your knowledge of scientific investigation and practical techniques and you will develop the numeracy skills required in a scientific setting.

The mandatory units studied are;
• Principles and Applications of Science I
• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
• Science Investigation Skills
• Laboratory Techniques and their Application
• Principles and Applications of Science II
• Investigative Project
• Contemporary Issues in Science

You will also complete up to 6 optional units which will be determined by the pathway you choose (Biomedical, Forensic/analytical, or Physical) and you could find yourself learning more about the human body, delving into the world of forensic or exploring astronomy and space science.

Course Info

Level
Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Science & Medical
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

For the Level 3 Extended Certificate you will need 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English or Maths, and a 3/D in the remaining English/Maths qualification. You will also need a C/4 in Science subjects. If you have studied a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Science you should have achieved at least a Merit. For the Level 3 Foundation Diploma you will need 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including both English and Maths. You will also need a C/4 in two Science subjects. If you have studied a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Science you should have achieved at least a Merit.

Delivery and Assessment

The course is assessed through practical work, assignments and exams.

Progression

After the first year of the Level 3 Extended Certificate you can progress to the Diploma; or if studying the National Foundation Diploma you can progress onto the Extended Diploma. This will prepare you for a wide range of courses in HE and careers. The underpinning knowledge, practical and vocational scientific skills learnt on the BTEC course will enhance and support the progression to a competency-based course

Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical Science
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Pharmaceutical Science