Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Mathematics, English and Double Award Science, or a Level 2 equivalent in this area and GCSE Mathematics and English.
Start Date: September 2019
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

You will continue a broad, yet in depth study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which will give you a range of skills  and knowledge applicable to various science based degree programmes, Apprenticeships and careers before specialising in Year two.


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:

  1. Biochemistry and biomedical techniques
  2. Diseases and infections
  3. 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.

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