Applied Science - Analytical and Forensic Science or Biomedical Science (L3 Extended Diploma)

Course Overview

This two year course is taught by specialist lecturers making use of well equipped laboratories and teaching rooms.

In the second year of study, learners have the option to follow either the Analytical and Forensic Science or Biomedical Science pathway, dependent upon their chosen progression route. Areas of study include:

  • Principles and applications of science*
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills*
  • Laboratory techniques and their application
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science*.

    *Externally assessed

    Optional units include:

  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Forensic traffic collision investigation
  • Biological molecules and metabolic pathways.

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Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C including English and maths, with science (desireable) or the Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science (with a Merit profile). 

Course Delivery

Assessment is entirely through coursework, based on practical work and academic research. Students spend 13.5 hours per week in class, with additional time for tutorials.

Progression Opportunities

This is an ideal course for progression to higher education. Past students have gone on to study degrees in medical genetics, biology, paramedic training, forensic science, dental technology, criminology and biochemistry.

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