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BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (L3)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (L3)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (L3)


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Applied Science (Forensic Science) are two year programmes which are ideal for students who have a keen interest in the sciences. The course is based both in the classroom and the science laboratory, and focuses upon applied biology, chemistry and physics. It includes an element of mathematics and ICT and has some units related to the area of forensic science.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three full A Levels and can be used both for direct entry into employment, eg working as a lab technician, or for entry into higher education. The course enables students to apply to study a wide variety of science-based courses at a higher level.

There are six core units and 12 specialist units, making a total of 18 units, nine being covered in each year of the course.

Units covered include:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Mathematical calculations for science
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Criminal investigation procedure


Students wishing to take this programme will require at least four GCSEs at grade C or higher, including Science, Maths and English.


The course is mainly laboratory based. You will examine samples taken from simulated crime scenes; understand the principles of energy transfer mechanisms in human physiology and engineering; develop your ability to critically analyse data and draw conclusions and participate in team building success.


The course is continuously assessed through assignments, projects and case studies. Students will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups. There will also be an element of written examination.

The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local employers such as the police force, fire service, forensic scientists and Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS).


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science qualification is ideal for those learners who want a broad background in science, which will allow them to progress to higher education courses such as biomedical sciences, forensic science, psychology and law degrees.

Future employment opportunities could include crime scene investigation, laboratory work, forensic psychology, forensic science, forensic fire investigation and the police force.


To complement our highly popular Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science), ED6 is also hoping to offer a BTEC Applied Science course at level 2 for students who just miss out on the entry requirements for the level 3 course.

Successful completion of the level 2 course will allow students to apply for entry on to the level 3 programme. Check our website during the year for further details.