Course Details

This course is an eclectic mix of science, biology and physiological disciplines. Within the STEM science department you will develop your scientific skills and understanding and apply them in a variety of different settings. You will be taught by a small and dedicated course team who have a range of specialism and will work to guide and support you through the many exciting units covered. In addition to scientific skills, English and maths skills development will be embedded throughout the course and you are required complete Work Experience during your time on the course. We advise that you begin looking for appropriate Work Experience opportunities as soon as you are accepted on to the course.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have achieved a minimum of a grade 4 or above in five GCSEs, including English Language, Maths and all GCSE science grades. Entry is also subject to a successful interview and consideration of prior learning, achievement and attendance.

Career options

The intention is that you will continue on to the Extended Diploma in your second year, from which you may choose to progress on to undergraduate courses in biology, paramedic science, biomedical science and health care sciences. The Extended Diploma covers a further 7 units of biology, physiology and biomedical sciences, with 2 units externally assessed and the remaining 5 internally assessed. Completion of the full Extended Diploma to a DMM standard will gain you 112 UCAS points, which is generally the starting point for entry to Higher Education, however we encourage and will support you to achieve the highest grades possible.

Applied Science Level 3 Foundation Diploma (Biomedical Science)

Five highlights

  • 1 This is a topical course which develops skills in research and analysis.
  • 2 We have excellent links with local hospitals and industry professionals.
  • 3 The course is very diverse and covers many scientific areas.
  • 4 The course prepares you for a wide variety of HE options.
  • 5 We have excellent success and progression rates.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 07.09.2020
  • Pearson BTEC L3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science


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Course code Location Course length Start date
SCI061CF1A Chichester Campus 1 Year 07.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

You will study 6 different units including: Principals and Applications of Science, Scientific Investigation Skills, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Laboratory Techniques and their Application, Physiology of Human Body Systems and Diseases and Infections. You will also take part in work related talks and visits from industry professionals and complete a CSpace profile which demonstrates the development of your transferable skills during your time on the course. You are also required to complete Work Experience placement during your time on the course. English and Maths will be embedded within your core units and you will be expected to practice these skills regularly throughout the course. This qualification is recognised as meeting admission requirements for many HE courses, however you should always check the entry requirements of degree programmes with specific HE providers. If you are aged 16-18 you will follow a study programme consisting of your main qualification, English and maths, Work Experience, ACES sessions and enrichment.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a variety of ways including practical and theory sessions, vocational role play and research tasks. You will also be expected to develop a good level of independent study skill to support your learning outside the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

2 of the 6 units are externally assessed. Unit 1 is assessed through a 1.5 hour written exam. Unit 3 is assessed through an externally marked practical exam and write up which is also set by the exam board. These assessments are timetabled by the exam board. All remaining units are internally assessed through written assignments, observed practical work, research tasks and group work.

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