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Extended Diploma in Applied Science BTEC Level 3  - 2019:20

Location: Guildford College
Course Code: ED01LF1A002P
Year: 2019:20
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: 2 years full time
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  Edexcel
Fund Type: L
Tuition Fees: £ 0
Exam Fees: £ 0
Course Related Costs: £ 0
09/09/2019Places Available
Subject Area

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Content / Overview 

If your career aspirations lie in a scientific direction,  the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is a great place to start. Equivalent to 3 A Levels, this course covers a wide range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills.

A very practical course which offers plenty of opportunities to implement the theory that you learn in the lab. Mainly course-work based, which means that you have a very clear understanding of your progress throughout the course to help you plan and achieve your next steps. 

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade 5 in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Course Modules 

Mandatory Units - Year 1:

  • Fundamentals of science  - Learners wishing to pursue a career in science will need a general understanding of all the main sciences, including basic practical techniques. This unit introduces learners to a number of fundamental scientific concepts in chemistry, biology and physics.
  • Working in science industry  - The understanding and skills of laboratory science technicians and other professionals who work in a variety of places and scientific disciplines contribute to find solutions to many scientific challenges society faces.
  • Scientific investigation - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explore the protocols associated with scientific investigations.  The unit is based around working as a research scientist, setting up an idea, testing it and then reporting the findings.
  • Scientific practical techniques - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use a range of practical techniques used in science such as the analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors. The variety of techniques in the content allows the unit to be tailored to reflect the focus of different areas of study, e.g. forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, electronics and environmental science.

Mandatory Units  - Year 2 (including the units 1-4)

  • Perception of science - This unit enables learners to explore the role of science in a wider context. How much influence does science have on society, people and politics? What influences science?
  • Using mathematical tool - This unit enables learners to use mathematical tools which are essential for working in a science environment. Starting with basic numbers and simple algebraic manipulation, learners then move onto collecting and interpreting data on graphs and charts

Optional Units Year 1 & 2

  • Using statistics in science
  • Physiology of the human body
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical techniques
  • Energy changes
  • Chemistry for biology technicians
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Medical physics techniques
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Chemical periodicity
  • Industrial application of organic chemistry
  • Forensics - evidence, collection and analysis
  • Diseases and infection
  • Astronomy

Why Study Here

All teaching takes place in our three highly equipped specialised laboratories that enable you to respond to the future scientific needs of the greater community.

All our tutors are experts in their specialised fields allowing you to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics in more detail and apply your knowledge in a practical environment. 

Suitable For

Those who want to explore science at a higher level and who enjoy the challenge of solving problems and learning in the context of experimental investigation; who plan to study science further or wish to find employment in a science related industry.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at grade 5 (grade C) or above, including Maths, English Language and a Science.

Delivery Method

A range of methods including problem solving activities, lectures, group work activities, practical sessions and written essays.


6 - 9 hours per week of private study are usually needed to enable students to achieve the highest grades.


Assessment is entirely coursework based.

Further Study

On completion you could progress on to study a Science degree, or pursue employment in a science related industry such as working in forensic science, pharmacy, paramedics, quality control technician/analyst in a production plant laboratory, medical physics technician supporting the use of x-ray and scanning equipment, developing new medical drugs, editing scientific publications or working in a biotechnology lab.

Additional Information

Protective clothing is lent to students, but many buy their own lab coat and eye protection.

It is recommended that students buy their own copy of the text books, although loan copies are available to borrow.

Trips are organised to local universities and industries to give students an insight into future opportunities in the field of science.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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