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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

Scientists use the same skills on a daily basis to attempt to solve current issues. This course is designed to give you a detailed understanding of aspects of science with an emphasis on the skills and knowledge used in the field of biomedical sciences.

why choose this course

Over the two years of study you will develop the scientific knowledge, practical skills and problem-solving abilities to enable you to progress into employment or onto a range of Higher Education courses. You will study a range of core scientific units and specialist units with a particular emphasis on the knowledge, skills and techniques used in the field of biomedical science. Throughout the course you will develop your scientific understanding and practical skills through a series of assignments, external exams and challenging investigations which utilise some of the techniques used by scientists in the workplace.

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
FDMEDSC22P
Level
Level 3
Location
Penwith College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
Extended Diploma

great facilities

practical focus

transferable skills

specialist staff

personal support

enhanced curriculum

The course aims to give you a varied learning experience and will be a combination of a student-centered approach to learning, involving research for assignments, visits, guest speakers, lectures, group work discussions and external assessments.

specialist staff

An experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have worked in scientific industries will support your learning.

practical focus

This course enables students to see how science is used in a variety of industrial contexts with practical experiments reflecting this.

what will I learn?

You will need to be prepared to work hard independently, carry out in-depth research and use a variety of information sources. You will study a range of core and specialist units over the two years of the course. The specialist units have been carefully selected to keep your options for further study as broad as possible whilst giving you specialist knowledge of key areas.

Year 1: Foundation Diploma in Applied Science. The emphasis of year 1 is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to apply what you learn to analytical science situations. To enable you to achieve the Foundation Diploma you will study core and specialist units covering some of the following themes: Principles & Applications of Science 1; Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques; Scientific Investigative Skills; Laboratory Techniques & their Application; Biological Molecules & Metabolic Pathways; and Microbiology & Microbiological Techniques.

 

Year 2: Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science). Year 2 will enable you to see how science is used in a variety of industrial contexts and to relate your broad studies in year 1 to some specific areas of science. Again, you will study a mixture of core and specialist units covering some of the following themes: Principles & Applications of Science 2; Biomedical Science, Investigative project; and Contemporary Issues in Science.

The course aims to give you a varied learning experience and will be a combination of a student-centered approach to learning, involving research for assignments, visits, guest speakers, lectures, group work discussions and external assessments.

An experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have worked in scientific industries will support your learning. You will need to be prepared to work hard independently, carry out in-depth research and use a variety of information sources.

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where will it take me?

Scientific skills are always in demand in the workplace and a wide range of careers are possible including working in hospital laboratories, research laboratories, school or college laboratories or quality control laboratories (for example in the food and drink industry). The course can also lead to a variety of science based courses at Higher Education including Chemical and Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Radiography, Food and Nutrition and Pharmaceutical Science.

assessment arrangements

Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods. Assessment is by a combination of assignments and controlled assessments. Assignments are internally set by the team and externally moderated by Pearson Edexcel. There will be an examination for one unit each year (approx. 18% of final grade) based on biology, chemistry and physics and a controlled practical assessment. These are both externally set and marked. Internal assignments are graded at pass, merit and distinction level and may take any of the following formats: written practical reports, portfolios of work, presentations, written research assignments and individual practical investigations. There is a strong emphasis on the acquisition of skills that will prepare you to study at university or enter employment. The grades awarded are given points and are converted into a final grade at the end of the course which will range from a Pass, Pass, Pass (PPP) to Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*).

This grade will be converted into UCAS points at the end of the course. Typical university offers require final grades of Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) and above.

entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 to include English Language or Literature, Maths and a Science.

information & support

We encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into the topics they are studying. You will be expected to undertake at least 12 hours of independent study time per week. There is a wide range of support material available in the Learning Resource Centres and on the course Moodle site. You will also regularly review your own performance in 1:1 sessions with your tutor.

Throughout the year you will be able to access additional support through drop in sessions, dedicated revision workshops, tailored 1 to1 provision, as well as a variety of additional opportunities to stretch and challenge the most able students. We encourage you to proactively engage with the support available in order to reach your full potential.

Awarding Body:

Pearson (Edexcel)

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