NSCG | Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science
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Course overview

The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science is a 180 credit course, which covers a wide range of scientific areas and is broadly equivalent to three A Levels. The qualification offers an engaging programme for students who are enthusiastic about science and is ideal for students who are aiming to study science at university, or who are wanting to pursue a career in science. Many of our past students have successfully gone on to study a wide range of science degrees at university from biomedical science to marine biology to midwifery. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is a two year course which involves a mixture of mandatory units and a number of optional units, 6 in total, which cover the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths disciplines.

What else do I need to know?

You will learn through a varied programme of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and external visits to work practitioners.

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths and English Language.
In addition, you will require GCSE grade 5-5 in Combined Science or Distinction at Level 2 BTEC Science, including English Language and Maths at GCSE at grade 4 or above

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed through a range of internal, external and synoptic assessments. Four units are assessed externally, and the external assessments are a mix of exams and set tasks which are set and marked by the awarding body. The final external assessment is synoptic and takes place in the second year of the course and gives learners an opportunity to independently select and apply learning from across their course in the completion of a vocational task. The majority of work is assessed internally and subject to verification processes; this is a mix of portfolio work, presentations, practical work and essays.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

A vast array of potential university courses or job opportunities will be open to you including biochemist, biologist, biomedical scientist, biotechnologist, botanist, chemical engineering technician, crime scene investigator/scenes of crime officer, environmental scientist, food scientist/technologist, forensic crime analyst, forensic scientist, information scientist, laboratory technician, materials technician, medical laboratory, midwifery and nursing. Many of our past students have successfully gone on to study a wide range of courses at university.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Hilary Bathgate, Subject Leader, by emailing: hilary.bathgate@nscg.ac.uk

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