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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science covers a wide range of scientific areas and is broadly equivalent to three A Levels. The qualification offers an engaging programme for 16-19 year olds who are enthusiastic about science. The course is ideal for students who are aiming to study science at university or who are wanting to pursue a career in science. Many of our past students have successfully gone on to study a wide range of science degrees at university from biomedical science to midwifery.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is a 180-credit and 1080-guided-learning hours (GLH) qualification that consists of seven mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits. The course is a two year course. In your first year you will study nine unit equivalents and the same number in your second year.

Alongside your course you may be required to study English Language and/or maths to improve your skills in these vital subjects. This will take place in structured classes, as well as having your English Language and maths assessed in all of your work throughout your course.


Course content

Year 1 Mandatory Units:
1) Principles & Applications of Science I
2) Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques
3) Science Investigation Skills
4) Laboratory Techniques & their Application

Examples of non-mandatory first year units:
8) Physiology of Human Body Systems
13) Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
14) Applications of Organic Chemistry
15) Electrical Circuits and their Application

Year 2 Mandatory Units:
5) Principles & Applications of Science II
6) Investigative Project
7) Contemporary Issues in Science

Examples of non-mandatory second year units:
10) Biological Molecules & Metabolic Pathways
11) Genetics & Genetic Engineering
18) Industrial Chemical Reactions
21) Medical Physics Applications

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes. We will consider appropriate vocational Science qualifications at merit or distinction level.


The course is composed of a range of assessment types which include external, internal and synoptic assessments. Units 1, 3, 5 and 7 are externally assessed through either examinations or set tasks. External assessments will take place twice a year in January and May. All other units are internally assessed through the completion of assignments, and subject to external standards verification. Synoptic units will require learners to demonstrate skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole of their course.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

A vast array of potential university courses or job opportunities will be open to you including biochemist, biologist, biomedical scientist, biotechnologist, botanist, chemical engineering technician, crime scene investigator/scenes of crime officer, environmental scientist, food scientist/technologist, forensic crime analyst, forensic scientist, information scientist, laboratory technician, materials technician, medical laboratory, midwifery and nursing. Many of our past students have successfully gone on to study a wide range of courses at university.

Further information

You will learn through a varied programme of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and external visits to work practitioners.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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