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BTEC National Extended Diploma L3 in Applied Science at Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6)

Course description

18 Units - equivalent to 3 A Levels

The course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for young people who want a career as a business decision-maker. This course is for students who are interested in developing a career in science in fields as diverse as forensic science and laboratory work.

You will study four core units and up to 18 specialist units. The range of subjects offered includes a range of applied scientific topics and their application in a variety of vocational settings such as engineering, pharmaceutical industry, health related industries, etc.

Course content

Some of the units covered include:
* Fundamentals of Science
* Scientific Practical Techniques
* Working in the Science Industry
* Mathematics for Science Technicians
* Informatics
* Physiology of Human Body Systems
* Microbiological Techniques
* Medical Physics Techniques
* Electrical Circuits and their Industrial Applications
* Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry
* Genetics
* Genetic Engineering

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English and Mathematics. At least a B Grade in a related GCSE (Science) or a Merit Grade in a Level 2 vocational qualification.


All units are accessed via assignments. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded which has UCAS equivalence and is recognised by universities in the UK when establishing their entry requirements for higher education.

Future opportunities

As a Level 3 programme of studies, the course is equivalent to three A Levels. It prepares you to either progress a variety of science-related degree courses at university level or to work in science based employment.

Further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Contact name:
    • Islington Consortium Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 7017 3040
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