Level 3 BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science
We need paramedics and biomedical scientists and this a great route into science and health careers. In your first year you will study the Foundation Diploma in Applied Science which is a practical course that is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. Upon successful completion of your first year, you will be able to progress to the 2nd year to study Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Diploma in Applied Science. Upon completion of the course, you will gain a qualification accepted by universities that is equivalent to three A Levels ( Extended) or two A levels (Diploma)
We will invite you to a Meet the Tutor event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
You will need to provide a copy of your last school report and / or a reference from an employer or relevant professional other this will include attendance. This is to ensure we can support you to be able to achieve well on the course. Applicants with 85% or below attendance will have been deemed not to have met this criteria. All applicants are given an opportunity to discuss any evidence- based mitigating circumstances that may have affected the reference / school report.
For admission on to the Diploma pathway (2 x A-level equivalent over two years)
5 x GCSE's at C/4 or above (including Combined Science and/or additional Science), or a Level 2 Certificate / Extended Certificate or above, at Merit or above, in a relevant subject. You will have gained English Language and Maths at GCSE 4/C or above or L2 Functional skills.
For admission on to the Extended Diploma pathways (3 x A-level equivalent over two years)
5 x GCSE's at C/4 or above (including Science and/or additional Science), or a Level 2 Certificate / Extended Certificate or above, at Merit or above, in a relevant subject. Including English and maths GCSE at C/4 or above or Functional skills Level 2 in English and maths.
We are firmly committed to finding the right course for you to ensure you can flourish. Talk to us today if you have any concerns about the application process, we are here to help take you to the next level.
The course is taught in units and will develop a wide range of knowledge and practical skills in physics, chemistry and biology. Learners will also gain knowledge on health and safety issues when working in a laboratory. In addition, learners will gain employability skills as they are required to complete 5 days working experience.
In the second year, learners will have the opportunity to study further units to achieve the L3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science or their Diploma in Applied Science.
Progression Next Steps
The majority of our students progress to universities where they study a wide variety of degrees including Biomedical Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Biological Life Sciences.
For those students not wishing to progress to university, comprehensive support is provided to help them find alternatives such as employment or apprenticeships. In the past, students have progressed onto employment as laboratory technicians.
There are lots of opportunities available to you to progress across the South Thames Colleges Group and into the world beyond education.
During your time with us you will have access to a dedicated team of careers and education advisors who will help you as you take the next steps towards achieving your goals.
Diplomas and Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:
Year 1 - Foundation Diploma
Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma
Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Foundation Diploma programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.
Assessment will be by assignments, presentations, observation of practical work and practical lab written reports. There will also be externally assessed units which will be a mixture of timed exams and timed set tasks depending on the units.