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Key details

Attendance Foundation Diploma
Duration 1 year
Code
Attendance Extended Diploma
Duration 2 years
Code
Awarding Body Edexcel
Level BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

A career in science has almost unlimited possibilities. Have you thought about becoming an environmental scientist analysing soil samples, a nurse taking a patient’s blood pressure, a food scientist testing for bacteria in supermarket meat, or a science teacher in a school?

To start you off on this exciting journey, the BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent choice, especially if you’re not too keen on exams!

Your coursework will be assessed, meaning you get a clear understanding of your progress throughout the year and don’t have loads of exams to revise for at the end.

Much of your work will focus on experiments that you will plan and carry out in our well-furnished laboratories, developing theory and practical skills to help you carry out this work skilfully and safely – which is a key part of the course.

This course is run in the David Hockney Building at the main city centre campus.

What you'll study

This course covers:

  • the human body
  • science in industry
  • electrical circuits
  • laboratory skills.

You will study six units, four of which are internally assessed and the other two are examined in January and June.

This course is equivalent to 1.5 A levels

Progression from the Foundation to the Extended Diploma is not automatic.

To progress from BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma certain requirements must be met.

This course is progression from the Foundation Diploma and covers topics on:

  • biological molecules
  • organic and industrial chemistry
  • material science
  • an investigative project.

You will study seven units, five of which are internally assessed and the other two are examined in January and June.

This course is equivalent to three A levels.

  • This course covers:

    • the human body
    • science in industry
    • electrical circuits
    • laboratory skills.

    You will study six units, four of which are internally assessed and the other two are examined in January and June.

    This course is equivalent to 1.5 A levels

    Progression from the Foundation to the Extended Diploma is not automatic.

    To progress from BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma certain requirements must be met.

  • This course is progression from the Foundation Diploma and covers topics on:

    • biological molecules
    • organic and industrial chemistry
    • material science
    • an investigative project.

    You will study seven units, five of which are internally assessed and the other two are examined in January and June.

    This course is equivalent to three A levels.

Assessment

Certain units will be assessed internally based on coursework, which includes:

  • experiments
  • worksheets
  • observation reports.

Two units will be externally assessed in January and June.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths
Grade 4 or C
GCSE English
Grade 4 or C
GCSE Combined Science or two Single Sciences
Grade 4 or C

Next steps

On successful completion of the Foundation Diploma you will be able to progress onto the Extended Diploma, or onto other Further Education and Higher Education courses. On successful completion of the Extended Diploma programme, you can progress onto university degrees such as:

  • Diagnostic radiography
  • Forensic Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Sports Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Clinical Sciences/Medicine Foundation

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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