Science

Extended Diploma in Applied Science: Forensic, Medical or General, Level 3

Course overview

This course is for science enthusiasts. The Applied Science diploma reflects aspects of employment within science organisations or organisations that use science and enables learners to develop a wide range of practical skills. This qualification will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations. A genuine interest in the wide field that is encompassed by science is absolutely essential for you to get into this highly-competitive industry, but you don’t need to be currently working as you will gain the skills and experience to prepare you for it.
You will study a variety of science based modules designed to give you the best chance of progressing to a career that is dynamic, exciting and full of opportunities.
You will be at the college mainly 4 days a week where there are well equipped laboratories, a scene of crime room and specialist forensic investigation equipment which you will be using as part of your learning experience.

Dedicated and helpful science tutors will help you to find your inner ‘science geek’ and if you find science fascinating you will enjoy the companionship of like- minded students.

Most of our students continue their education at university/ Higher Education degree level.

Please note that this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or (Grade 4/5 and above) including English language, maths & science.

Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science, Merit or above will also be considered.

Good practical and analytical skills.

Course Modules

- Scientific investigations
- Physiology of human body systems
- Perceptions of Science
- Practical chemical analysis
- Genetics & genetic engineering
- Medical physics techniques
- Criminology
- Forensic evidence collection & analysis
- Criminal psychology
- Applications of forensic psychology

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment through
1. Practical assessment of knowledge and skills for leading and instructing
2. Group and individual presentations of specific work
3. Written reports and evaluations

What can I do next

Some learners enter a specialist area of employment within the wide range of science industries in apprenticeship, traineeship or technician roles. Others will wish to progress on to higher education. This course enables students to study a vast array of subjects with previous students progressing to study traditional science subjects such as biology or chemistry; social science areas in psychology and criminology; and more vocationally based degrees in careers as wide ranging as marine biology, radiography, engineering, forensic science and forensic psychology.