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

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Type: Full Time

Subject: Science

Level:

Start Date: 02 September 2019

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

2 Years

Level

Level 3

Who is it for

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 result in a recognised qualification that is equivalent to three A Levels. You will develop theoretical, practical and investigative skills that will help you in your future career.

Biomedical Science – This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in science and wish to pursue a medically related career such as biomedical science, biochemistry, radiography, pharmacy or nursing etc. The course will prepare you for entering work as well as going to university, as you will develop your individual learning skills as well as practical techniques which are valued by both employers
and universities. This course will result in a recognised qualification that is equivalent to three A Levels.

Interview Skills Assessment

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

What will I need

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include English, maths and science, or
a level 2 qualification. An overall Merit grade in BTEC Applied Science Level 2
is also accepted.

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


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
• Microbiological techniques
• 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, crime and investigative studies, archaeology, bioscience or psychosocial studies.

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 biosciences, archaeology or
psychosocial degree course. Alternatively, you could enter the world
of work and become a laboratory technician in the science/food industry,
school, college or hospital.

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