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Applied Science (Lab & Industrial) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Cheshire College

Course description

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is designed to prepare you for university or work in a range of scientific professions, and is equivalent to 3 Science A-Levels. The 18 units studies are all assessed through various kinds of coursework, rather than by exams. During this varied course course you will take units ranging from units focusing on fundamentals of science and scientific practical techniques to units linked with medical science, such as physiology of the human body, microbiological techniques and genetics.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science consists of 18 different units of science study; six core units and 12 specialist units. In the first year you will study three core units, six specialist units plus Mathematics for Scientists. A similar pattern of three core units and six specialist units is followed in the second year. If you are successful you will have gained a Level 3 qualification that is equivalent to three different A-Level science subjects.

You will be able to opt to focus on either Forensic Science or Laboratory and Industrial Science, depending on your preferred choice of career direction.

During the course you will take units on:

  • Fundamentals of Science;
  • Working in the Science Industry;
  • Scientific Investigation;
  • Scientific Practical Techniques;
  • Perceptions of Science;
  • Application of Numbers for Science Technicians;
  • Statistics for Science Technicians;
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques;
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems;
  • Microbiological Techniques;
  • Traffic Accident Investigation;
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering;
  • Practical Chemical Analysis;
  • Medical Physics Techniques

Entry requirements

For the Extended Diploma (2 years) you will need a minimum of: i) 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy) and two Sciences, ii) or a Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science (Merit) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Merit) + 4 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade D in GCSE Maths (or L1 functional numeracy pass).

For the Subsidiary Diploma (1 year) you will need a minimum of: i) 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy) and two Sciences, ii) or a Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science (Pass) + 2 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Pass) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade E in GCSE Maths.

Assessment

There are no examinations. Each unit is assessed through various kinds of coursework. Two of the units are externally assessed by the exam board.

Future opportunities

Higher Education, Training or Employment. Successful completion of the course will show that you have developed a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in Science, as well as the transferable skills of communication, IT, self motivation and team work, which are so important to employers. Scientists can be employed at different levels in: the Civil Service, Local Government, Health Service, Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Trading Standards, Occupational Safety, Teaching, Library Work, Technician Work, Nursing, Dental Ancillary Occupations, Radiography, Podiatry, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Physiological Measurement, Environmental Sciences, Colour Technology, Agriculture, Audiology, Orthopaedics, Microbiology, Food Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemical Science, Physical Sciences, Forensic Science.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.