The BTEC Extended Diploma contains a range of science units from Biology, Chemistry and Physics, together with general science units on ethics, science in the workplace, etc. Topics tend to look at the application of science being centred around practical activities from which the theory is then drawn. This provides opportunities for students to develop their practical laboratory skills to a high level. The program is equivalent to 3 A levels and is suitable for those who prefer portfolio assessment or who find examinations particularly stressful, are hard working and reliable and sure they want a career in Science.
The qualification consists of these units.
Year 1: (provisional)
Unit 1: Fundamentals of science (Physics/Chemistry/Biology)
Unit 2: Working in the science industry (Science)
Unit 4: Scientific practical techniques (Chemistry)
Unit 11: Physiology of human body systems (Biology)
Unit 12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction (Biology)
Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques (Biology)
Unit 21: Biomedical Science Techniques (Biology)
Unit 22: Chemical laboratory techniques (Chemistry)
Unit 43: Diseases and Infections (Biology)
Year 2: (provisional)
Unit 3: Scientific Investigation (Science)
Unit 5: Perceptions of Science (Science)
Unit 6: Using mathematical Tools for Science (Science/Maths)
Unit 8: Using Statistics for Science (Science/Maths)
Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques (Biology)
Unit 16: Chemistry for Biology Technicians (Biology/Chemistry)
Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Biology)
Unit 20: Medical Physics Techniques (Physics)
Unit 26: Industrial Chemical Reactions (Chemistry)
Unit 27: Chemical Periodicity and its Applications (Chemistry)
Coursework (100% – as all units are portfolio based)
Examining Board – BTEC.
This 19 unit qualification is the equivalent of three full A Levels. Grades are awarded from triple distinction* to triple pass and carry the normal number of UCAS points for university entry.
Special Entry Requirements
In addition to standard BTEC entry requirements, a grade 4 in Maths and two grade 4’s from Biology, Chemistry and Physics or a grade 4-4 in Combined Science is required. All students are expected to undertake two periods of vocational work experience (one in year 12 and the second in Year 13). A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will follow).
Career and Progression Opportunities
There are a wide range of opportunities; Biomedical Science is a very popular choice. For the highest achievers, Pharmacy is an option. In recent years, as well as Pharmacy and Biomedical Science, our students have progressed to Animal Biology, Forensic Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Technology, Quantity Surveying, Chiropractic, Nursing and Accounting degrees.
Coursework forms an important part of this qualification and prospective students should realise that this creates a steady workload throughout the year.
On this course you will be expected to undertake a work experience placement in both the first and the second year, the purpose of which is to gather information and insights about the workplace, which can be included in your College assignments. Work placements also help develop your employability skills. By the end of the course you will achieve the full Career Passport award and the placement will count as one of your Professional Development activities.
This course is delivered in a variety of ways. There are laboratory-based practical assignments, supported by self-study, presentations, group work and discussion.
Payment for transport for visits.
Complementary Subjects or Enrichments
We will visit the laboratories at the University of Wolverhampton, where you will carry out practical work on DNA, which is designed to support the Biology units in this course.
This information is correct for September 2018 entry.