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Applied Science (Biomedical Science and Analytical and Forensic Science) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

An applied science course is an opportunity if you have aspirations to study and develop a career in the field of science. You will learn about the principles and practicalities of working in a scientific setting and the practical applications of biology, physics, chemistry and maths.

Whether you are on the Analytical and Forensic Science or Biomedical Science route, you will study the same core of scientific modules, and ‘wrapped’ around them are modules specific to your chosen study programme.

Course content

The qualification is made up of seven mandatory units which you will complete during the two years.  You will study the following mandatory units:

·Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
·Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
·Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
·Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application
·Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II
·Unit 6: Investigative Project
·Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science.

You will also study the following optional units:

·Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
·Unit 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction
·Unit 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
·Unit 12: Diseases and Infections (Biomedical Science only)
·Unit 17: Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques (Biomedical Science only)
·Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis
·Unit 23: Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis (Analytical and Forensic Science only)
·Unit 26: Forensic Traffic Accident Investigation (Analytical and Forensic Science only)

Entry requirements

Five grade 4 GCSE's including grade 4 in Maths, a grade 4 in English or English Language along with a grade 4 in two separate sciences/double science.


Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.

Units 1 and 5 are written examinations set and marked by Pearson.

Units 3 and 7 are tasks set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.  

All other units are assessed through assignments where you complete real work tasks to meet deadlines as you would for a business but within a supportive college environment.  For each unit of study you will be allocated
a grade (pass, merit or distinction).  Your final grade for the programme will be calculated from the total points from each unit.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the second year you would be able to enter employment in the science service or other scientific related fields as a Science Technician or progress to higher education to study a full time degree in a range of science areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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