BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Biodmedical and Forensic


Equivalent to three A Levels, this course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for
progressing on to a science-based degree or starting a career in a range of scientific fields, including biomedical, chemical engineering or forensic analysis.

This course develops your understanding of scientific theory and skills, coupled with experimental techniques that help you to be successful in either employment or at university. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to perform a variety of biology and chemistry experimental work as well as learning how to work safely within a laboratory environment, using Maths and statistics to analyse experimental data. Optional units include looking at the use of radiation in diagnostic testing or the collection and analysis of forensic evidence from crime scenes. Many of our past students have successfully gone on to study a wide range of science degrees at university from biomedical science to midwifery or secured apprenticeships in local scientific laboratories.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Two years

Progression routes shown are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
• Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry
• A range of university degrees, including nursing, midwifery, forensic science and others.
Employment options may include:
• Laboratory technician
• Crime scene analyst

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Course Costs
Please note that any costs shown here are subject to change and that there may be additional material costs for your course.
There are various bursaries available to support eligible students with course-related costs.

Aged 16-18 years
There are no tuition or examination fees

Aged 19 or over (at the start of the
Different fees apply depending on your individual circumstances and prior qualifications. Please telephone 01691 688029 to speak to somebody who will be able to help.

What does this subject include?

Topics you will cover include:
• Genetics & Genetic Engineering
• Applications of Organic Chemistry
• Contemporary Issues in Science
• Biomedical Science
• Medical Physics Applications
• Forensic Evidence, Collection & Analysis
Assessment is continuous and industry related, with assignments, tests, projects and practical work. You will sit one examination
each year, with the rest of the course being assessed via practical work and coursework.
All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.

What is the structure of the course?

National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science 1 year full time
National Extended Diploma in Applied Science 2 years full time
Units are assessed by a range of methods; examinations, set tasks, written assignments, practicals, projects, oral presentations or case studies.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSE passes at grade C (grade 4)
    or above, (including maths and English)
    or a Merit or above in the BTEC Level 2
    Extended Certificate in Applied Science
  • Successful interview and initial
  • You will need to demonstrate an
    enthusiasm for this subject area

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