Applied Science (Medical Profile) BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Course type: BTEC/UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas • Awarding/exam body: Pearson
Equivalent to 3 A levels.

The course is designed to provide experience of activities carried out by scientists. It allows students to apply and build on their existing scientific knowledge, skills and understanding in an industry related context. Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to seek employment or undertake further study, such as HND/degree courses in an applied science related subject. BTECs are well established and highly regarded alternatives to general qualification, suitable for a wide range of learners and designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as facilitating progression to university. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science Medical profile is best suited to students wishing to progress to higher education in the applied science sector.

Course Units

Unit 01 –
Principles & Application of Science I – externally assessed
Unit 02 – Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques
Unit 03 – Science Investigation Skills – externally assessed
Unit 04 – Laboratory Techniques & their Application
Unit 08 – Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 09 – Human Regulation & Reproduction

Unit 05 –
Principles & Application of Science – externally assessed
Unit 06 – Investigative Project
Unit 07 – Contemporary Issues in Science – externally assessed
Unit 12 – Diseases & Infections
Unit 14 – Applications of Organic Chemistry
Unit 21 – Medical Physics Applications
Unit 22 - Materials Science

Course Assessment

Assessment includes both internal and external examinations. There are two external examinations per year, each assessment taken under specified conditions then marked by the exam body; Pearson. Learners must achieve a pass grade or above in all external assessments. External assessments are available twice a year and learners are permitted one resit attempt during the programme. Internal examination includes traditional written coursework, word processed assignments, short practical reports, longer practical investigations, presentations, field trips, industry visits, research tasks, and more. Each unit is graded as pass, merit or distinction against specific assessment criteria; these grades are translated to a point score for each unit. The sum of the points total for each unit determines the overall grade. A student achieving three distinction grades for the course has a qualification equivalent to three A grades at A Level.

This Course Can Lead To…

Progression to degree courses including Applied Science, Medical Sciences, Applied
Biology, Applied Chemistry, Pharmacology, Dental Technology, Nursing, Sports Studies and
Therapy and Exercise Studies. Alternatively, this qualification can also lead to direct employment in
a science related area such as laboratory work. The Extended Diploma will earn you UCAS points
in the same way that A levels do. Please note that this course is NOT sufficient if you wish to become
a doctor, veterinary surgeon or dentist and an additional access course may be required.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above ideally including English Language at grade 4 or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English Language at grade 4.

In addition/ within those 5 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 4 in Core Science, Grade 4 in Additional Science and Grade 4 in Maths OR  BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Science with Merit and Grade 4 in Maths.

Course Highlights

  • All students complete a week’s work experience as an integral part of this course, in a related area from a choice of employers. There is also the opportunity for additional work experience.
  • Visiting speakers will talk to students about various career and course related opportunities.
  • There is the opportunity for residential field work.