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Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

This stimulating, practical programme will develop your knowledge and skills in many aspects of laboratory science. In addition you will explore the uses of this knowledge and skills within the context of a variety of industrial settings. You should have a keen interest in investigating science, be able to manage your time effectively and be able to communicate your ideas clearly.

Separate specialist laboratory facilities for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All the laboratories are extremely well resourced with excellent technician support.
All teaching rooms are equipped with visualisers, interactive SMART boards and laptops.

Course content

The qualification consists of numerous units in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. The range of units will provide you with an excellent grounding for your future science based career. Some of the units are compulsory whilst the remaining units will be selected to ensure a breath of experiences across maths and science.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent, including English Language and Maths. You will also need a minimum of grade C in Additional Science, Applied Science, or separate sciences, or a minimum of a Merit in a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science.


Internal assessments are varied allowing learners to develop their transferable skills. Learners will be asked to produce presentations, leaflets, posters, written and word processed assignments, short practical reports, longer practical investigations, field trips, industry visits, research tasks and others. These assignments all go to make up your portfolio. Some of the units are assessed externally.

Each unit is graded against specific assessment criteria as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. You are given a number of points depending upon the grade you obtain for the unit. The total number of points for all units are added together at the end of the course and used to decide the overall grade for the course. For example a student achieving three distinction grades will achieve the equivalent number of UCAS points, as three grade A¿s at A Level.

Future opportunities

Students who have successfully completed this course have gone on to study degrees in a wide range of subjects including biology, biochemistry, forensic science, environmental health, paramedicine, nursing and midwifery. Students can also progress into apprenticeships or employment in scientific laboratories e.g. hospital, analytical chemistry and pharmaceutical laboratories.

Further information

Q. What happens if I need help with my assignments?
A. All learners are given regular 1:1 support from their lecturers. In addition study hall /workshops are arranged throughout the year, these sessions will be used to support learners in completing assignments.

Q. Is the course delivered on every day of the week?
A. We make every effort to timetable over four days.

Q. Do I need to buy any text books/resources?
A. All learning materials are provided by the programme team, however there are text books that mirror the course and we recommend that learners do buy a copy of the course text book . Details of the book will be given in your induction week.

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. Students undertake a variety of optional trips and activities for which there may be a small cost. For example all learners are given the opportunity to visit local science laboratories.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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