1st year: Foundation Diploma (Equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)
2nd year: Extended Diploma (Equivalent to 3 A Levels)
Standard Entry Requirements
5 or more GCSE’s at grade 9-4, including English and Maths at grade 5. Also required combined Sciences at Grade 5, 5 or separate science at grade 5, 5, 5 or a level 2 vocational course in science with at least M, M.
Assessment of Foundation Diploma :
6 units assessed by a combination of internally marked assignments and external exams. Mandatory units include: Principles and applications of science 1, Practical scientific Procedures and techniques, Science investigation skills, laboratory techniques and their application. Two further optional units in biology and/or chemistry will also be completed through internally marked assignments.
Assessment of Extended Diploma :
A further 7 units to be completed, following a similar structure to the year 1 programme. Assessment will again be through externally marked exams and internally marked assignments. Mandatory units include: Principles and applications of science 2, Investigative project, Contemporary issues in science. A further 4 optional units in biology, chemistry and physics will be assessed through internally marked assignments.
This course allows you to continue developing your Science skills through a varied range of topics covering Physics, Chemistry and Biology. You will develop knowledge and understanding of some key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and be able to apply these to real life situations. Study will include practical work, note taking, presentations, class discussion and tutorials. Access to a computer will help with research and portfolio completion. We will use visits where this can support your learning.
Students who complete the level 3 programme have successfully secured offers from universities in medical, pharmaceutical, biochemical courses leading onto employment in a scientific field.