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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Tyneside College

Course description

This course provides fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge on an interesting mix of Scientific topics. During the programme you will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of the human body, discover the world of viruses and bacteria, and unlock the secrets of the criminal mind.

We provide a diverse mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics units including Genetics and Genetic engineering, Biomedical Science techniques and Forensic Science all encompassed in one course. We place great emphasis on developing practical skills, dedicating time and and resources to developing lab based skills and practical analysis.

We have spent a great deal of resources developing and modernising our laboratory and equipment, with our brand new lab opening last year. We have also invested a lot in providing top class technology for student use, including our new iPads and portable technology.

This course is perfect for anyone interested in science and wishes to develop their knowledge and practical skills in a diverse range of scientific areas. During the second year of study, students could have the opportunty to specialise in Forensic Science. At the end of the course you will come out with the equivalent of 3 A-Levels, perfect for anyone that wishes to progress into a science industry or move to further study at University.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs (or Equivalent) Grade A-C including Science, Maths and English


This course is 100% assignment based, great for anyone that prefers coursework to exams.

Future opportunities

If you would like further information, feel free to come and see us on one of our open days that take place the first Tuesday of every month at our Westoe Campus. Or feel free to make an appointment to speak to one of our Science department staff.

The course is ideal for anyone that wishes to pursue a career in Science. This qualification is an ideal route into Higher education, with many of our leavers progressing to study at Degree level. This qualification is also suitable for progression straight into work in Scientific industries.

We have had students progress into degrees in various subjects including; Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacology, Marine Biology, Forensic Science, Radiology, Sports Science, Paramedic Studies and Nursing and Midwifery, among others. This qualification can provide the basis for routes into areas other than science. We have had learners progress into a variety of areas including Law, History, Accounting and Games design due to the transferrable skills gained over the duration of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 August 2016

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