LEVEL: 3 VOCATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE/EXTENDED DIPLOMA
EXAMINING BOARD: EDEXCEL
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM
This is an exciting, practical, industry-focused course with an emphasis on technical laboratory skills. It is ideal for students seeking grounding in all three of the major Science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
You can work towards an Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma:
The Extended Certificate can studied alongside two other subjects. It cannot be combined with A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics as many topics overlap. It pairs particularly well with Environmental Science, Geology, Geography or PE for progression into the Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences or Sports Nutrition career pathways.
The Extended Diploma is aimed at those interested in a career in Forensic Science or Biomedical Sciences. Roughly equivalent to three A Levels, you will not need to study additional subjects withing your Study Programme.
Both qualifications offer active learning in a vocational context and are closely attuned to the needs of the employers in the scientific marketplace. Assignments can be in written form but they are just as likely to be produced in other forms such as presentations, practical assessments, video presentations or experiments.
Many of the theoretical concepts covered in Applied Science are similar to concepts studied in the A Level Sciences but with a much greater emphasis on the application in the scientific workplace.
Within this course students also have the opportunity to study other areas in more depth including:
- Development of practical skills for the scientific workplace
- Using the correct scientific protocols to plan and execute independent investigations
- The interpretation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data in vocational contexts
- Scientific collaboration including methods of sharing knowledge
- The human body and its organ systems
- Chemical reactions
- Electrical circuits and energy
Forensic Science and Biomedical Science are two pathways available through the Extended Diploma. You will study the same key foundation content in Year 1 and chose either a forensic or biomedical specialism which best fits with your progression plans.
- Medical Physics Applications
- Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis
- Principles and Applications of Science
- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Science Investigation Skills
- Laboratory Techniques and their Application
- Investigative Project
- Contemporary Issues in Science
- Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
- Applications of Organic Chemistry
- Biomedical Science
Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language or Literature.
You will also need a GCSE Science or Applied Science at grade 5 or above and GCSE Mathematics minimum grade 5.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is a mixture of coursework (58%) and exam (42%). These exams are both written and practical. Exams are on specific units and are modular in nature; those sat in Year 1 and early in Year 2 can be resat. Coursework activities take a variety of forms including demonstration of practical techniques, written reports and preparation of science literature, presentations and videos.
Do I need to study Maths alongside Applied Science?
No, but you will need to be competent in Maths. Some students opt to add Core Maths (one year course) to their Study Programme to help maintain their Mathematical skills.