What's covered?

This course is the exam board's direct replacement of the National Diploma in Applied Science programme. Replacement of the ND is occurring across all subjects not just science. To many students the only noticeable difference will be the change in the qualification title.

Students completing one year of study will be eligible for the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. This will either be the Medical Science or Forensic Science options, dependent on the units studied. This qualification is equivalent to one A level. Students completing the full two years of study will be eligible for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (either Forensic or Medical), which is equivalent to three A levels. In the first year students will study 9 units. Successful completion of 6 units triggers the Subsidiary Diploma Award. Students successfully completing all 9 units will be eligible for progression to the second year. In the second year a further 9 units are studied to complete the Extended Diploma Award. The emphasis of both the forensic and medical options is on biology and chemistry, with some example units being titled Practical Chemical Analysis, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Chemical Laboratory Techniques and Physiology of Human Body Systems. The Medical Science option has additional medical related units such as Medical Physics Techniques, Diseases and Infections and Microbiological Techniques. The Forensic Science option has additional units such as Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Criminal Psychology and Criminal Investigation Procedures. All units are assessed through assignment based coursework.

What do you need?

Applicants require four GCSEs at grade C or above including Core Science, Additional Science, Maths and English Language. Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma in a related subject along with GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or above. Mature students will be considered on the merits of their work experience.

How you are assessed

The course will be mainly delivered through lectures, practicals and individual, group and project work in class. There will be visits organised to specialist working environments. Some lectures will be delivered by outside speakers with specialisms in the areas to be studied.

How Long?

1 year subsidiary, 2 years Extended

What course next?

Students may use this qualification to seek employment in a laboratory, or go on to Higher Education to study a degree in applied science subjects, particularly those linked to forensic or medical science.

What could this lead to?

Medical Science students can seek employment in the medical science related field e.g. pathology laboratories. Alternatively they progress onto medical/biomedical science related degree courses in HE. Forensic science students can seek employment in forensic science related field e.g. the police service. Alternatively they progress onto criminal psychology/forensic science related degree courses in HE.

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