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Level 3 National Extended Diploma - Course Guide 


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Course information

You can study this course in sixth form, usually between the ages of 16 to 19. You might be seeking to develop greater independence, have not yet achieved an accredited qualification yet, or have specific learning needs.

Some of the areas you cover may include:
  • Principles and Applications of Science I and II
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Biomedical Science
  • Medical Physics Applications


Your understanding will be assessed through a mix of exams, set tasks and assignments set by your teacher.

  • Exam timetables vary, but usually you will sit exams and set tasks in January and May/June.
  • Your teacher may set assignments for you at any time in the year.
Can I re-sit exams?

If you don’t pass an exam, you have two opportunities to resit.

Entry requirements

You would be accepted into the course if you have:

Grade 5 GCSEs in Maths, English and Sciences plus 2 other subjects minimum grade 4.

Other Information

A career in the Science sector will allow you to push boundaries, innovate, and make new discoveries. If you want to pursue a career in science you could be working across various sectors, from research, to marine biology, to forensics and health sciences

BTEC Nationals in Science are accepted by many universities worldwide as A-level equivalents. Employers and universities highly value the practical, real-world skills BTEC Nationals learners demonstrate. It will lay the foundations for your future career.

A BTEC in Applied Science is a great choice for students looking for a practical scientific qualification. The courses aim to provide students with the relevant skills and knowledge that employers value, as well as the confidence to progress into a fulfilling, exciting career.