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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical)

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,882 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

This course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional a-level route.

Our Medical Science option is there for students who are interested in a career within professions such as Radiography, Medical Technology, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Biomedical Science.

The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study. To assist students in their studies and understanding of science in the wider world this course includes talks from industry professionals and visits to places of scientific interest and industry.

You will also work towards improving your English and Maths Skills through a GCSE or Functional Skills

Please Note

Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:

Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma

Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Upon completion of this course you will be able to apply to universities for a range of science based degrees.

Previous students from this course have progressed onto degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, optometry, radiography, Medical Technology, Dental Hygiene and Physiotherapy

How will I learn?

You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, practical work, group and pair work as well as self-directed study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by assignments, presentations, observation of practical work and practical lab written reports. Each unit studied will use one or more of these assessment methods.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

All of the course is assessed by assignments. These take considerable time which means that you will have to manage your time well. It is estimated that you have to spend as much time outside the classroom and you have teaching hours. Keep abreast of your assignments- if you fall behind it can be particularly difficult to catch up particularly if you need Distinctions

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

5 GCSEs at grade A* -C including Science, English and Maths.


BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science with Functional Skills at Level 2

Applicants must also have a good reference and interview.

Expected prior knowledge

GCSE or Level 2 Science

English level

You are expected to be at Level 2 in English. If you do not have a GCSE in English you will be given to opportunity to take this. Before you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level.

Mathematics level

You are expected to be at Level 2 in Mathematics. If you do not have a GCSE in Mathematics you will be given an opportunity to take this. Before/when you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level

Equipment and other costs

You will be expected to provide your own file to keep your assignments in, calculator, ruler, HB pencil, pen and stationary but other materials will be provided.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.