Applied Science Level 3
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths, English and Double Award Science, or a Level 2 equivalent in this area and GCSE Maths, English and Double Award Science at grade 4/C or above.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

If you are interested in working in the medical or forensic industry, this is an ideal vocational route.

On the Forensic Science route, you will focus on units including forensic evidence, collection and analysis, fire forensic and criminal investigation practice.

On the Medical Science route, there will be a greater emphasis on understanding the human body, with units on disease and infection, biochemistry and biochemical techniques, and biomedical science techniques.

What will I learn?

Year 1 – Units will 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

Year 2 – In Year 2 you will study the following units, as well as units
that are more specific to your chosen career path:
• Physiology of human regulation and reproduction
• Microbiological techniques
• Medical physics
• Genetics and genetic engineering
• Practical chemical analysis
• Chemical lab techniques

Option 1 Forensic Science – specialist units:
• Forensic fire investigation
• Criminal investigation practice
• Forensic evidence collection and analysis

Option 2 Medical Science – specialist units:
• Biochemistry and biomedical techniques
• Diseases and infections
• Biomedical science techniques

How will the course be assessed?

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 3 A Levels. Progression onto HE requires a minimum MMM grade profile.



At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.

Progression and Careers

On completion of this course, you could progress onto either university or employment in the sector.

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