Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
The qualifications provide career development opportunities for those already in work, and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions. The 180- credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work- related focus of the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma qualifications. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme. Other learners may want to extend the specialist nature of the subjects they studied on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or another programme of study.
You will study a range of units such as:
- Perceptions of Science;
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering;
- Medical Physics Techniques;
- Chemistry for Biology Technician;
- Diseases and Infections;
- Biomedical Science Techniques.
Learners must have a grade C in GCSE English & Maths and merit in Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Applied Science.
These qualifications will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations. All units are graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction. Assignments are created by lecturers to enable learners to be able to meet the criteria at Pass, Merit or Distinction. All units are internally assessed in the BTEC qualifications. We enable learners to produce evidence in a variety of different forms including, written reports, graphs and posters, along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments.
Units within the qualification cover areas of laboratory science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science. These can include roles such as:
- Working as a quality control technician/analyst, where the employee works in a production plant laboratory carrying out analytical tests using modern instrumentation, ICT and data interpretation
- Working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of X-ray and other imaging/ scanning equipment
- Working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs. Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products
- Working in the chemical industry, involved with testing materials
- Working with the forensic science service or using their analytical skills in the chemistry industry
- Working in chemical companies developing fertilisers and other plant feeds
- Working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments
- Working in a biotechnology laboratory carrying out fermentation and purification processes.
Almost all our learners progress onto to Higher Education with some entering apprenticeships and others employment.
At our campus we have well equipped laboratories and specialist science technicians who will support you in your development.