Science – Sally Goldsbrough

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical)

Course Details

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science) Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (in a minimum of three different subject areas) including Maths, English and Double Award Science or Level 2 Diploma (minimum Merit) and Level 2 Maths and English Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

If you are interested in working in the medical industry, this is an ideal vocational route. Throughout your second year there will be a greater emphasis on the understanding of biochemistry, biomedical science techniques, diseases and infections.


In Year 1 you will follow a route of Applied Science. Units of study may include:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific investigation
  • Scientific practical techniques
  • Perceptions of science
  • Using maths tools in science
  • Informatics for science
  • Science in the workplace
  • Physiology in human body systems
  • Chemistry for biology technicians

In Year 2 you will follow units which are more specific to your chosen career path in medical science. Units of study may include:

  • Physiology of human regulation and reproduction
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Medical physics
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Chemical lab techniques
  • Biochemistry and biochemical techniques
  • Biomedical science techniques
  • Diseases and infection

You will be assessed by written assignments in each unit. They are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For every assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades.

On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The three grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. Progression onto HE required a minimum MMM grade profile.

There will be opportunities to take part in a variety of trips and visits, which will incur a nominal fee.

We have fantastic facilities in the College’s Science department, with a large number of spacious laboratories and up-to-date, industry standard equipment.

We have a mini-zoo with an interesting assortment of animals which you can observe and help to take care of as part of the course.

This is a highly respected Science programme which can lead to a number of exciting and rewarding careers. Former students are studying at a number of top universities including Lancaster University, St George’s Hospital in London, the University of Leeds and the University of Nottingham, studying exciting degrees including Earth and Environmental Science, Cardiology, Biomedical Science, Marine Biology, Audiology and Criminology and Forensic Psychology.

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