BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Code: SCBAA021BCF0-2
Course Level: Level 3

Where will this course lead?

The Extended Diploma in Applied Science is the core qualification studied in the second year of a Level 3 Programme of Study in Applied Science. It is the perfect qualification for students who want to continue their level 3 studies in science following their study of a Foundation Diploma in Applied Science and provides learners with a range of optional pathways to prepare them for progression into University Level Education or employment.

Pathway 2 – Biomedical Science

The Biomedical Science pathway has a reduced amount of physics content and increased amount of biological science content. It provides learners with a greater opportunity to gain the required understanding to progress into fields such as biomedical science, pharmacy and will provide the greatest links to our own Degree and Foundation Degree in Applied Biosciences.

In all pathways, a significant amount of time will be spent developing your practical laboratory skills, which will allow you to progress with confidence into technical-based employment or Higher Education science programmes.

What will I study?

While on the second year of the Extended Diploma, you will study the following units regardless of your pathway:

- Principles and Applications of Science 2
- Investigative Project
- Contemporary Issues in Science
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Applications of Organic Chemistry

Plus the following optional units based on your chosen pathway:

Biomedical Science
- Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered through a series of 7 Units, composed of both practical and theoretical components.

Delivery will be through student-centred lessons, complemented by interactive, computer-based activities and laboratory work.

What qualifications will I get?

After successful completion of the second year, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science), equivalent in size to 3 A-levels.

How will I be assessed?

Of the 7 Units studied in the second year, 5 are achieved by completing assignments, which are set and marked internally by your tutors. This coursework is assessed against Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria to determine an overall grade for each Unit. One Unit is assessed by means of an externally-set examination. One further Unit is assessed through completion of an externally-set project.

How do I get a place on the course?

Successfully completing the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science with a merit grade or higher, plus meeting further entry requirements related to attendance and a mature approach to learning.

What are the entry requirements?

A merit grade or higher on the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

What else do I need to know?

You will undertake a wide range of practical investigations, through which good laboratory practice will be developed.

All laboratory safety equipment will be provided by the College.

You will undertake a 1 week work placement during each year of the course.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability or Additional Educational Need, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can also assist you with this.

How much will this course cost?
Fees are not applicable to 16-18 year olds.

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?
You are expected to have your own scientific calculator.

You may wish to purchase a recommended textbook to accompany the course.

You may be required to make set contributions towards educational trips and/or travel expenses to local events.

Solihull College offers full-time and part-time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

During the second year of your Extended Diploma in Applied Science, you will be supported through a UCAS application if you choose to apply for a University Level course. Alternatively, you could look to enter the science industry in a technical role.


Solihull College & University Centre, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SB, Tel: 0121 678 7000, Minicom: 0121 628 7005, Email:, Internet:

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
Start Date
Course Fee

Blossomfield Campus

September 2017



Not Applicable to 16-18 year olds