Forensic / Medical Science Extended Diploma
Level 3 BTEC qualifications are A Level standard qualifications and attract the same UCAS points.
• The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.
• The Level 3 Extended Diploma was formerly called the ‘National Diploma’.
• Level 3 BTECs equivalent to an AS Level and to one or two A Levels are also available. See the details for the Certificate, Diploma and the Subsidiary Diploma.
The units are still to be finalised, but based on previous years these are typical options:
Level 3 Extended Diploma (Forensic Science)
● Fundamentals of Science
● Working in the Science Industry
● Scientific Practical Techniques
● Perceptions of Science
● Application of Numbers for Science Technicians
● Mathematics for Science Technicians
● Using Science in the Workplace
● Medical Physics Techniques
● Scientific Investigation
● Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
● Microbiological Techniques
● Genetics and Genetic Engineering
● Statistics for Science Technicians
● Physiology of Human Body Systems
● Practical Chemical Analysis
● Chemical Laboratory Techniques
● Criminal Psychology
● Forensic Psychology
Duration:Two years | Qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma | Level: Level 3
Assessment is entirely through coursework, based on practical work and academic research. Students spend 13.5 hours per week in class, with additional time for tutorials.
5 C grades in relevant GCSEs i.e. including science. Equivalent qualifications such as BTEc Level 2 will also be considered.
An ideal course for progression to Higher Education. Past students are studying for degrees in:
● Medical Genetics
● Paramedic Training
● Forensic Science
● Dental Technology
We plan visits to Glamorgan University, to view their forensic science facilities. Singleton and Morriston hospitals allow us to tour their pathology departments. Anchem offer an valuable site visit where students can explore how a commercial laboratory operates.
Students should buy their own laboratory coats, which can order at minimal cost (usually less the £15).