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Applied Science (Analytical and Forensic Science or Biomedical Science) Level 3

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Type: Full Time

Subject: Science

Level:

Start Date: 06 September 2021

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

2 Years

Level

Level 3

Who is it for

Who is it for?
This level 3 course is equivalent to 1.5 (Foundation Diploma) or 3 A levels (Extended
Diploma). All learners start on the Foundation Diploma before choosing their 2nd year pathway. The Extended Diploma has three specialisms to choose from, depending on which areas of this fascinating industry you are most interested in pursuing a career in.

All three pathways will cover the same core topics, such as principles and applications of science, practical scientific procedures and techniques, laboratory techniques and their application and contemporary issues in science. All streams will have the opportunity to complete an additional level 3 maths qualification providing the achieve a 6 at GCSE maths.

This course is highly recommended if you wish to progress onto engineering or physics degree programmes.

Analytical and Forensic Science If you are excited by the possibility of helping
to solve criminal investigations by the forensic analysis of evidence or the application of criminal psychology, then this is the course for you. This course will develop your theoretical, practical and investigative skills to help you in your future career.

Specialist units studied may include forensic evidence collection and analysis, forensic fire investigation, traffic accident investigation, genetics and genetic engineering.

Applied Science
This pathway of the course is ideal if you would like to study equal amounts of biology, chemistry and physics; and would like to keep your future options open. It is recommended that you pursue this stream if you are interested in careers in bioengineering, chemistry, biochemistry or pharmacology. Some of the specialist units include genetics and genetic engineering, medical physics applications, material science and organic chemistry.

Biomedical Science
This course is ideal for you if you wish to pursue a medically related career such
as biomedical science, biochemistry, radiography, pharmacy or nursing etc. The
course will prepare you for entering straight into work, or progressing onto university, as you will develop your individual learning skills as well as practical techniques which are valued by both employers and universities. Some of the specialist units include, genetics and genetic engineering, physiology of human body systems and medical physics applications.

Interview Skills Assessment

You will be required to attend a Welcome Event – details will be provided upon application.

What will I need

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above and must include English, maths and science.

What is covered

Analytical and Forensic Science
As well as covering a number of core mandatory science units you will study
specialist units in the first and second year.
The mandatory units are:
• Principles and applications of science I
• Practical scientific procedures and techniques
• Science investigation skills
• Laboratory techniques and their application
• Principles and applications of science II
• Investigative project
• Contemporary issues in science

Some of the specialist units will include:
• Forensic evidence collection and analysis
• Forensic fire investigation
• Traffic accident investigation
• Genetics and genetic engineering

Applied Science
As well as covering a number of core mandatory science units you will study
specialist units in the first and second year.

The mandatory units are:
• Principles and applications of science I
• Practical scientific procedures and techniques
• Science investigation skills
• Laboratory techniques and their application
• Principles and applications of science II
• Investigative project
• Contemporary issues in science

Some of the specialist units will include:
• Genetics and genetic engineering
• Medical physics applications
• Materials science
• Organic chemistry

Biomedical Science
As well as covering a number of core mandatory science units you will study
specialist units in the first and second year.

The mandatory units are:
• Principles and applications of science I
• Practical scientific procedures and techniques
• Science investigation skills
• Laboratory techniques and their application
• Principles and applications of science II
• Investigative project
• Contemporary issues in science

Some of the specialist units will include:
• Genetics and genetic engineering
• Physiology of human body systems
• Medical physics applications
• Biomedical science

How is the course assessed

Analytical and Forensic Science

Two of the mandatory units involve written examinations. Two of mandatory units involve completion of a task under supervised conditions. These 4 units are marked externally.

Assessment of the other units is continuous throughout the course and you will experience a variety of assessment methods including case studies, assignments and performance observations.

Biomedical Science

Two of the mandatory units involve written examinations and two of involve the completion of a task under supervised conditions. These 4 units are marked externally.

Assessment of the other units is continuous throughout the course and you will experience a variety of assessment methods including case studies, assignments and performance observations.

What can this course lead to

Analytical and Forensic Science
The course is ideal if you are hoping to become a scenes–of–crime–officer, forensic
technician, join the police force or go on to a degree course in forensic sciences or criminology. If you prefer to stay in the Peterborough area, you could progress on
to University Centre Peterborough to study on their degree courses in criminology,
forensic investigation, biological sciences or psychosocial studies. The course can
also enable you to progress onto entry level technician roles and degree apprenticeships.

Applied Science
You could progress on to degree courses in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy,
biotechnology, biochemistry and numerous other options such as archaeology,
environmental science, marine biology, veterinary nursing, astrophysics and
material science. If you prefer to stay in the Peterborough area, you could progress
on to University Centre Peterborough to study on their biological sciences, forensic
investigation or psychosocial studies degree. The course can also enable you to progress onto entry level technician roles and degree apprenticeships.

Biomedical Science
You could progress on to degree courses in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy,
biotechnology, microbiology and numerous other options such as biomedical science, biochemistry, clinical science, life science, pathology, nursing or radiography. If you prefer to stay in the Peterborough area, you could progress on to University Centre Peterborough to study on their biological sciences, forensic investigation or psychosocial studies degree. The course can also enable you to progress onto entry level technician roles and degree apprenticeships.

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