Applied Science Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma - City of Wolverhampton College

Applied Science Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Applied Science Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

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Applied Science Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

If you are passionate about science and want to progress to a successful career in the profession, then the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma will provide you with a deeper understanding of scientific principles across the three main areas of biology, chemistry and physics.

You will develop a range of scientific, practical and analytical skills and work on projects and experiments in the practical working environment of our well-equipped science labs.

You will carry out practical sessions in our well-equipped science labs and throughout the course will have the opportunity to go on science-related educational visits and field trips.

To access this course you are required to have:

  • Four or more GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including science at Grade 4 or above and English and maths at Grade 3 or above  OR
  • Successfully completied a full Level 2 science study programme.

If you are a new applicant you will also be required to attend an interview/assessment with a member of the college's admissions team


During year one of the course you will study the following: 

  • Principles and applications of science I
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques 
  • Science investigation skills 
  • Laboratory techniques and their application 
  • Physiology of human body systems 
  • Electrical circuits and their applications 

In Year Two of the course you will study the following: 

  • Principles and applications of science II 
  • Investigative project 
  • Contemporary issues in science 
  • Industrial chemical reactions 
  • Applications of organic chemistry  
  • Medical physics techniques 

Studying this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • A range of technical, scientific and employability skills
  • In-depth practical work
  • Research and study skills
  • Demands and legislation in science workplace
  • Monitoring and recording scientific data
  • The science profession
  • Role and responsibilities of a science technician or assistant practitioner
  • Use the necessary skills to measure quantities for chemical reactions 
  • Use the correct equipment to identify structures and functions in different types of cells 
  • Investigate different types of energy and their transfers 
  • Communicate scientific information 
  • Know how procedures are followed and communicated in the scientific workplace 
  • Design a scientific laboratory 
  • Know about laboratory information management systems 
  • Demonstrate safe working practices in the scientific workplace 
  • Plan investigation relevant to the area of study 
  • Undertake the planned investigation, using appropriate scientific principles 
  • Collect, collate and analyse the results from the investigation 
  • Draw conclusions from the investigation 
  • Use analytical techniques 
  • Use scientific techniques to separate and assess purity of substances 
  • Use instruments/sensors for scientific investigations 
  • Know how scientific ideas develop 
  • Understand the public perception of science, as influenced by the media 
  • Investigate the ethical and moral issues associated with scientific advances 
  • Know the relationship between science, commerce and politics 
  • Know the levels of organization within the human body 
  • Relate the structure of the circulatory system to its function in a multi-cellular organism 
  • Relate the structure of the respiratory system to its function 
  • Relate the structure of the digestive system to its function 
  • Know atomic structure and the physical principles of ionising radiation and ultrasound 
  • Understand how radiopharmaceuticals are used in diagnosing imaging 
  • Know the basic principles of magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Understand the importance of radiation safety to the treatment of malignant disease with radiotherapy 

You will be assessed via internal assessments to include the following methods: 

  • Two external exams (January with a resit opportunity in June) 
  • Practical techniques 
  • Lab reports 
  • Essays 
  • Presentations 
  • Diagrams 
  • Short answer questions 

Completion of the course will enable you to:

  • Progress to the Applied Science Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (year two) 
  • Apply for a job as a science technician or assistant practitioner in a laboratory
  • Apply for an apprenticeship
  • Enrol for a higher education qualification


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