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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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      Central Foundation is a unique school. A blend of modern and traditional values. We are inspired by exceptional history and the success of our alumni. Whilst at the same time looking always to the future
      Founded nearly 150 years ago with the purpose of transforming the lives of boys through education. We are as committed to this founding purpose today as our founder, William Rogers, was in the mid 19th century.

      At Central Foundation we are committed to all our students achieving outstanding outcomes and leaving us as young people equipped with the skills, attitudes, knowledge, understanding and qualifications necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

      Central Foundation Boys' School has been a Business and Enterprise Specialist School since 2003. The school has also been awarded British Council International School Status and Investors in Careers Part 1

      The school was inspected in November 2010 and Ofsted judged the sixth form provision to be 'outstanding' and made the following comments:
      • Achievement is excellent
      • Students benefit from an outstanding curriculum that is imaginative and flexible
      • The overall effectiveness of the sixth form was rated as outstanding
      • Leadership and management of the sixth form were rated as outstanding
      • There are exceptional links with the community, for example local lawyers and other businesses provide students with high quality support and advice when preparing for university or the world of work
      • The effectiveness of care, guidance and support was rated as outstanding
      • Excellent support for students in and out of lessons leads to students' outstanding achievement

      The excellent facilities of the sixth form centre include seven fully equipped ICT rooms, which are also used for teaching and private study as well as a common room. There is a large sixth form
      team which comprises of the Deputy Head (Curriculum), Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Sixth Form Learning Mentor, Careers Officer, Attendance Officer and Study Supervisor.

      'Staff know the students exceptionally well and the exemplary care and guidance ensure they are given highly effective personalised support.' OFSTED 2010