Science Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: S141CD
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

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.

  1. Applied Science
  2. Forensic Science
  3. 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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Career Options

Biomedical Scientist

  • £
    21,692
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

Biomedical scientists test samples from patients to support doctors and healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. If you enjoy science and you are interested in medicine and health care, this could be a great job choice for you.

As a biomedical scientist you will need to have an enquiring mind and be good at solving problems. You will need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time and have good attention to detail.

To work as a biomedical scientist you will need a BSc (Hons) degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will also need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Clinical Scientist

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

Clinical scientists (or healthcare scientists) use their knowledge of science to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness. They research and develop the techniques and equipment used by medical staff.

If you are interested in science and technology, and you want to work in healthcare, this job could be ideal for you. You will also need excellent communication skills, and be able to work well in a team.

To become a clinical scientist, you will need to have a degree in a relevant science subject, and then complete the three-year NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).?

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Consumer Scientist

  • £
    19,000
    + starting salary
  • 36-40 hours per week

Consumer scientists study why people use or buy certain products and services. As a consumer scientist, you would research the tastes and needs of consumers and give advice to manufacturers and retailers on how to improve the quality, design and popularity of an item or service.

If you enjoy research, are interested in business and psychology, and you have excellent communication skills then this role could suit you well.

To become a consumer scientist you will usually need a degree in a relevant subject such as consumer studies or food science and technology.??

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Food Scientist-food Technologist

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Food scientists and food technologists work in the food and drink industry developing a wide range of products and making sure they are safe for consumers. If you have a scientific mind and are interested in food production and preparation, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you will need good attention to detail. You’ll also need to follow strict health and safety, and food hygiene rules.

Most new food scientists and technologists have an HND, foundation degree or degree in a subject such as food science, food studies or food technology. Another route into this career is to find work as a lab technician and study towards relevant qualifications. You may also be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.

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Forensic Scientist

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you enjoy science and want to help solve crimes, this job could be perfect for you. This type of scientist prepares traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law.

Before you can start as a trainee you are likely to need an honours degree in a biology or chemistry-related subject.

As well as a degree, you will need to have an enquiring mind. You’ll need to have a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Often you’ll have to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

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Biochemist

  • £
    21,692
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a biochemist you would investigate the chemical processes that take place inside all living things from viruses and bacteria to people. If you are interested in the natural world and would enjoy looking at life at a smaller, molecular level then, this could be a job you would enjoy.

You will need a high level of skill and ability in science and be good at solving problems. Working accurately and having an eye for detail will help you carry out work like exploring samples under a microscope.

To become a biochemist you will need to have a relevant degree. Some employers may expect you to have, or be working towards a postgraduate qualification such as an MSc or PhD. ?? 

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Chemist

  • £
    16,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you are fascinated by chemistry and enjoy experimenting, this job could be ideal for you. Chemists study the make-up of chemicals and materials. They also investigate how they interact and behave under different conditions.

To be a chemist, you will need to have an enquiring mind and be keen to explore and solve problems. You will also need an interest in technology and have good spoken and written communication skills so that you can record and share your findings.

To work as a chemist you would usually need a BSc (Hons) degree and sometimes a postgraduate qualification as well.

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Biologist

  • £
    23,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a biologist you would study living things like plants and animals and the world they live in. If you are interested in the natural world and enjoy practical science then there could be opportunities for you as a biologist.

To become a biologist you will need to have an enquiring mind and good problem solving skills. You will also need to work accurately and pay close attention to detail.

Most employers will expect you to have a relevant degree and a master’s qualification. Some employers might also want you to have, or be working towards, a PhD.

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Biomedical Scientist

  • £
    21,692
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

Biomedical scientists test samples from patients to support doctors and healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. If you enjoy science and you are interested in medicine and health care, this could be a great job choice for you.

As a biomedical scientist you will need to have an enquiring mind and be good at solving problems. You will need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time and have good attention to detail.

To work as a biomedical scientist you will need a BSc (Hons) degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will also need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Physicist

  • £
    21,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 to 40 hours per week

Physicists study the world around us and try to uncover the laws which govern how and why objects exist and behave as they do. Their research and findings act as the scientific basis for developments in all kinds of technology from communications and energy efficiency to space and satellites.

If you're good at science and maths, and a logical thinker, being a physicist could be the career for you. You'll also need an enquiring mind and the ability to communicate well.

To get into this job you will usually need a degree in physics, applied physics or a related science or engineering subject. You may also need a relevant postgraduate qualification such as an MSc, MPhil or PhD.

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Facilities

The Science facilities in the Sixth Form Building are excellent with all teaching rooms and laboratories equipped with interactive electronic boards. We currently have a suite of five science laboratories, including a specialist facility for Electronics which are modern and well-equipped for Advanced Level experimental work. The LRC and private study facilities are second to none and wide-ranging resources are in constant development to support study.

 

We have also invested in a £7m Futures Centre, equipped to give students with a particular interest in STEM related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) the right learning environment to progress into their chosen careers.

Enrichment & Employability

Science students have the opportunity to see a host of special guests throughout the year, to pass on their experience of working in a science-related career:

  • Professor Laurence Krauss from Arizona State University on Astrophysics
  • Dr Eugene Lim from King’s College London and Cambridge University on Cosmology in the 21st Century
  • Dr Andrew Thomas from the University of Manchester who has visited the college twice - discuss surfaces and interfaces in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine; and once to discuss a variety of subjects regarding Physics and Chemistry, including cryogenics, magnetism and chemical energy.

 

These talks are free for students to attend, and take place throughout the year.

 

Students getting involved in activities outside the classroom can help with confidence, skills building and making new friends. These attributes is why we invest a lot of time and effort into the enrichment programme that is in place for students to get involved in. These activities have been specifically chosen by students who are interested in taking part in their leisure time. The college Sports Development Officer and Learner Voice Coordinator regularly attends student representative meetings to see what other activities could be offered, in order to develop future enrichment programmes.