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Applied Science (Forensics) (Subsidiary Diploma) Level 3 at Alton College

Course description

This is an excellent opportunity to develop Level 3 Science skills across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This two year course will enable you to gain a good understanding of the industrial application of Science and professional roles of scientists in the world of work. A BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is a practical course. You achieve modules by completing assignments and some time-constrained assessments. The assignments combine practical work, individual research and taught theory, and are based on realistic situations.

You will study three core units plus the equivalent of three 60 guided learning hours (GLH) specialist units over two years covering a range of topics.

The two core units are:

* Fundamentals of Science
* Working in the Science industry
* Scientific practical techniques

The specialist units will include:

* Chemical laboratory techniques
* Forensic evidence collection and analysis
* Using mathematical tools for science
* Using statistics for science

The award is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points.

Course content

You will be taught by specialist teachers in The Beacon Science Centre.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma programme will have achieved an average GCSE point score of 4.5 or above and have achieved at least a Grade C in Maths and/or English. Students with a point score between 4.5 - 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels. Students who have studied a Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma in science should have achieved at least Merit grades.

You should have achieved a Grade C or C/C in Science GCSE.


The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 120 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 60 UCAS points. 

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Financial information

£20 for the resource pack per year.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 August 2016

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