Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at East Berkshire College
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.
In the first year students will study 9 units.
Successful completion of 6 units triggers the Subsidiary Diploma Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.