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Applied Science (Medical) Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma at Eastleigh College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector.

This programme is for those interested in a career in a medical related field such as biomedical sciences, health care, radiography, operating departments, pharmaceuticals or paramedic sciences.

In a holistic programme, you will be studying fundamental aspects of biology, chemistry and physics and mathematics relating to medical sciences.

On successful completion of the subsidiary diploma in Applied Science in your first year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a medical science unit such as Diseases and Infections.

In your second year, you will specialise further including units on Physiology of Human Body Systems, Biochemistry, Medical Physics, Microbiology, and Clinical Psychology.

Course content

This two year programme offers progression from the Subsidiary Diploma through to the Extended Diploma, dependent on your entry grades and achievement in Year One.

Year One Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques

Plus further units, for example:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Perception of science
  • Using mathematical tools in science
  • Mathematical calculations for science
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Using statistics in science
  • Informatics in science
  • Chemistry for biology technicians

Year Two Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical)
Plus further units, for example:

  • Diseases and infections
  • Biochemistry and biochemical techniques
  • Scientific investigations
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Physiology of human reg. and reproduction
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Medical physics techniques
  • Chemical laboratory techniques

Students without a GCSE at grade A*-C in English or Maths will be required to continue study in this area either through GCSEs or Functional Skills. The pathway followed is dependent on the grade achieved at GCSE, screening and intended progress.

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*- C including English, Maths and Science and have a genuine interest in Medical Science.

Equivalent qualifications such as First Diplomas in Science at Merit/Distinction grade may be considered if supported by GCSE English and Maths.

You should also have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and complete a successful college interview.


The timetable allows plenty of time to complete your assessments and approximately seven hours per week will need to be put aside for independent study to complete assignments.

The College Learning Centre will be available during non-timetabled days so you can study at home or at college. Learners must be available to come into College during the week if it is required for a specific activity or if requested by a member of staff to complete work.

Year One students will be interviewed to determine suitability for Year Two progression.

Financial information

Each academic year there will be a fee of 100 to cover the costs of the uniform, stationery and lockers (as described below) and contribute towards the trips and activities undertaken over the year. Laboratory clothing will be allocated when this payment has been received.

We will provide:

  • Laboratory wear - Lab coats are compulsory items and styles vary each year
  • Stationery - Files, notepads, dividers, plastic wallets
  • Locker - Key for Public Service student locker (to be returned at end of year)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Consumables for medical practical investigations
  • Medical students are normally given the opportunity to complete an EFAW First Aid course

Work experience placements may require students to plan and organise their own travel. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

Future opportunities

This programme provides up to 420 UCAS points and progression to study a range of medical related careers at university.

Students have gone on to study university courses in subjects such as Biomedical Science, Healthcare Science, Human Physiology, Radiography (Diagnostic/Therapeutic), Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Science, Nutrition, and Biochemistry.

Please note: this programme is unlikely to provide access to Medical Doctor, Dentistry or Veterinary courses.

Further information

You will be timetabled in college for four days each week. Hours will, in general, be from 08:45-16:00, however these may change if offsite activities are taking place.

Activities have included visits to Portsmouth and Southampton Universities, local laboratories and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) for South Central Ambulance Service.

Personnel who are currently working in the forensics and medical fields will visit during the course of the year (subject to availability) to give an insight into their work. They have previously provided presentations on a day in the life of a Paramedic, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections and Aspects of Clinical Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 February 2016

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