L3 Extended Diploma in BioMedical Science 

Level 3 Diploma  Exam Board: Pearsons-Edexcel specification for first teaching September 2016

Why Study BTEC Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science looks at the cells, organs and systems of the human body with a view to understanding and treating disease. If you are considering any health care career (excluding medicine/veterinary science) this is the course for you. Rest assured this courses is equivalent in subject content and difficulty to completing 3 A level courses and is recognised by universities.

BTEC At UTC Cambridge

At UTC Cambridge we believe in developing individuals to become independent, lifelong learners. This is achieved through a student centred curriculum that focuses on practical problem solving.

Where Can A BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma In Applied Science Take You?

This qualification makes you ideally suited to move on to either an apprenticeship or university. 90% of the students who enter university with BTEC qualifications receive a 1st or 2nd class degree.

“Vocational qualifications are becoming increasingly attractive to employers particularly as they encourage students to develop real-life, 21st century skills such as problem-solving and team work. They also play an important role in promoting social mobility. Our own research finds businesses either prefer new recruits to hold a mix of both academic and vocational qualifications, or value academic and vocational qualifications equally. Perhaps that’s why more students now go to university with a BTEC than ever before.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson’s UK business 

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSE’s at grades A*- C with a CCC grade in Extended/Triple Science or BB in Double Science

Specification

The full specification can be found here.

In brief the course consists of seven mandatory units and six option units:

Mandatory Units

1: Principles And Applications Of Science I
2: Practical Scientific Procedures And Techniques
3: Science Investigation Skills
4: Laboratory Techniques And Their Applications
5: Principles And Applications Of Science II
6: Investigative Project
7: Contemporary Issues In Science

Option Units

8: Physiology Of Human Body Systems
11: Genetics And Genetic Engineering
12: Diseases And Infections
13: Applications Of Inorganic Chemistry
17: Microbiology And Microbiological Techniques
20: Biomedical Science

 

Students taking the Extended Diploma In Applied Science in Yr12 take the following units:

Unit 1 - External Exam called Principles And Applications Of Science I

Unit 2 -  Practical Scientific Procedures And Techniques

Unit 8 - Physiology Of Human Body Systems

Unit 20 - Biomedical Science

Unit 11 - Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Unit 4 - Laboratory Techniques And Their Applications

Unit 3 - Science Investigative Skills, which is an externally assessed controlled assessment

 

 

BTEC Student Handbook

Year 12 BTEC Teaching Plan

 

Assessment

Year 12

One x 1.5 hour exam covering unit 1, worth 90 marks – assessed externally

One x controlled assessment practical task completed in college at a time set by Pearsons, worth 60 marks – assessed externally

Five x assignments consisting of problem solving activities – assessed internally

Year 13

One x 2 hour exam covering unit 5, worth 120 marks – assessed externally

One x controlled assessment practical task completed in college at a time set by Pearsons, worth 50 marks – assessed externally

Four x assignments consisting of problem solving activities – assessed internally

Where Can I Get Extra Help

All internal assignment briefs contain a section that lists specific websites, scientific journals and textbooks to help you complete your work.