- Course Code: S141CD
- Duration: 1 academic year
- Validated by: EDEXCEL
- Study mode: Full Time
This is a two year course delivered in two one year durations. You are able to choose from three distinct pathways within the field of Science at Level 3 Extended Diploma.
- Applied Science
- Forensic Science
- Medical Science
Applied Science is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in those industries where a scientist is essential for research and development, quality control and hygiene. You will study a wide range of topics from using mathematical tools in science, understanding human body systems, microbiology techniques and learning about industrial applications of organic chemistry.
Forensic Science is the study of gathering evidence from past events, usually as part of a criminal investigation or court proceedings. During your course you will develop your observation and analytical thinking as well as patience and the ability to work independently or in a group as needed.
Medical Science is ideal if you are interested in a career at the forefront of healthcare services as Medical Scientists are vital in the diagnosis of disease, determining the effectiveness of treatments and searching for new cures.
Achieving D*D*D* (Triple Distinction Star) in your Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3x A*s at A-Level and is worth the same amount of UCAS points (168). This makes these courses a brilliant alternative to A-Levels if you want to progress to a top university.
You will be able to discuss which of the three pathways you would prefer when you come into college for your interview which takes place upon receipt of your application.
- What will I study?
Applied Science programme your will study a wide variety of topics within the areas of biology, chemistry and physics, specifically including genetics and genetic engineering, energy changes in terms of sources and applications, biochemistry and microbiology techniques.
Medical Science programme you will study the areas of health, physiology and disease as well as the areas of pharmacology, physiological measurement, clinical testing and medical research.
Forensic Science programme you will study the different types of potential evidence and how these are collected and analysed and the role of forensics within the justice system.
- Entry Requirements
To study Level 3 Applied, Medical or Forensic Science programmes you will need 5 x C/4 grades at GCSE, including Maths, English Language and Science.
- How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be by unit assignments throughout the year for which the students are awarded either a Pass, Merit or Distinction Grade. These will then give you an overall grade at the end of the two year program with associated UCAS points.
- What can I do next?
Those students studying Applied Science have the potential to move onto pharmacy, nursing or biomedical degree pathways.
Successful Forensic Science students could progress to study at university and go on to have careers as forensic scientists, analytical chemists, laboratory technicians, or work in the areas of toxicology or criminal justice.
Medical Science students can progress to careers such as a doctor, a medical technologist or working within radiography, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy.
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