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Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at East Berkshire College

Course description

Students completing one year of study will be eligible for the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science.

This will either be the Medical Science or Forensic Science options, dependent on the units studied.

This qualification is equivalent to one A level.

Students completing the full two years of study will be eligible for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (either Forensic or Medical), which is equivalent to three A levels.

First Year

In the first year students will study 9 units.

Successful completion of 6 units triggers the Subsidiary Diploma Award.

Second Year

Students successfully completing all 9 units will be eligible for progression to the second year.

In the second year a further 9 units are studied to complete the Extended Diploma Award.

Course content

The emphasis of both the forensic and medical options is on biology and chemistry, with some example units being titled:

  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems.

The Medical Science option: medical related units such as

  • Medical Physics Techniques
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Microbiological Techniques

The Forensic Science option units such as

  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures.

Entry requirements

Applicants require four GCSEs at grade C or above including Core Science, Additional Science, Maths and English Language.

Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma in a related subject along with GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or above.


All units are assessed through assignment based coursework.

Future opportunities

After completing the course students either progress directly into the working environment or progress onto a science based higher education course.

Medical Science students can seek employment in the medical science related field eg pathology laboratories. Alternatively they progress onto medical/biomedical science related degree courses in HE.

Forensic science students can seek employment in forensic science related field eg the police service. Alternatively they progress onto criminal psychology/forensic science related degree courses in HE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Berkshire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 May 2016

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