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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

If you are interested in working in the medical industry, this is an ideal vocational route. Throughout your second year there will be a greater emphasis on understanding the human body, with units on physiology of human body systems, medical physics techniques, biomedical science techniques and disease.

Course content

In Year 1 you will follow a route of Applied Science. Units of study may include:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific investigation
  • Scientific practical techniques
  • Perceptions of science
  • Using maths tools in science
  • Informatics for science
  • Science in the workplace
  • Physiology in human body systems
  • Chemical lab techniques

In Year 2 you will follow units which are more specific to your chosen career path in medical science. Units of study may include:

  • Physiology of human regulation and reproduction
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Medical physics
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Chemistry for biology technicians
  • Biochemistry and biochemical techniques
  • Biomedical science techniques
  • Diseases and infection

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths, English and Science or Level 2 Diploma and Level 2 Maths and English, plus a grade C in GCSE Science.


You will be assessed by written assignments in each unit. They are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For every assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades.

On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The three grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. Progression onto HE required a minimum MMM grade profile.

Future opportunities

This is a highly respected Science programme which can lead to a number of exciting and rewarding careers. Former students are studying at a number of top universities including Lancaster University, St George’s Hospital in London, the University of Leeds and the University of Nottingham, studying exciting degrees including Earth and Environmental Science, Cardiology, Biomedical Science, Marine Biology, Audiology and Criminology and Forensic Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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