Applied Science - National Foundation Diploma - Level 3

Further Details
Course Code
LP01206
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time, This is a 2-year full time course.The units for the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma are taught in the first year of study. This is the equivalent of 1.5 A-levels.The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma qualification is completed in the second year of study. This is the equivalent of 3 A-levels.
Department
Healthcare & Social Care
Start Date
05 Sep 2022
End Date
23 Jun 2023

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Course Overview
The full-time 2-year programme is the equivalent of 3 A-levels and consists of 13 units. The units cover the core principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, their applications, scientific research and investigation as well as specialist optional units.
There is an exit point after a year where you will achieve the Foundation Diploma worth the equivalent of 1.5 A-levels.

In the first year, 6 units are taken, of which 4 are mandatory and 2 of these are externally assessed. The mandatory units are;
Unit 1 - Principles and Applications of Science 1* (90 GLH; guided learning hours)
Unit 2 - Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (90 GLH)
Unit 3 - Science Investigation Skills** (120 GLH)
Unit 4 - Laboratory Techniques and their Application (90 GLH).
The two optional units are;
Unit 8 - Physiology of Human Body Systems (60 GLH)
Unit 12 - Disease and Infection (60 GLH).
The variety of units delivered enables learners to develop good practical techniques in a range of disciplines and provides a context for research and consolidation of skills in a vocational context.

In the second year 3 further mandatory units and 4 optional units are taught. The mandatory units are;
Unit 5 - Principles and Applications of Science 2* (120 GLH)
Unit 6 - Investigative Project (90 GLH)***
Unit 7 - Contemporary Issues in Science** (120 GLH)
The 4 optional units are likely to be a selection of the following (final decision will be taken at the start of each academic year);
Unit 9 - Human Regulation and Reproduction (60 GLH)
Unit 14 - Applications of Organic Chemistry (60 GLH)
Unit 15 - Electrical Circuits and their Application (60 GLH)
Unit 20 - Biomedical Science (60GLH)
Unit 21 - Medical Physics Applications (60 GLH)
* External examination
** Externally set task
*** Data collection carried out via ecological field trip at end of summer of year 1

The Extended Diploma allows students to successfully apply for places at the prestigious Russell Group of Universities* to read for the majority of Science degrees. This course is especially suited to those wishing to pursue careers within the fields of biomedical sciences, allied health, laboratory based research and forensics, but students can carry on to study pharmacology, engineering and even Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.
*Students wishing to study at Oxford or Cambridge should not select this course.

There are many opportunities to enhance the understanding of scientific concepts and their vocational relevance as well as assist in the students' selection of career progression opportunities. There are opportunities for students to undertake off-site visits, including residential visits abroad and for field trips. Where appropriate we will engage expert speakers to support curriculum delivery as well as companies who can set up and run dissection and autopsy experiences. To further enhance students’ ability to gain a place on their chosen university course and / or employment, we will support students to gain Nuffield Bursary Research Placements. Here, students will join Professors and Doctors as well as post-graduate students on aspects of their research at the likes of Bangor, Swansea and Cardiff Universities.
This course is demanding and should not be thought of as an easy route compared to A-level. Much of the content is identical and in some cases of a higher level, however the vocational, and hands-on nature of the course, combined with the presence of internal assessment, can for many feel more achievable. It is for this reason that nearly all of our students go on to achieve DMM or above (the equivalent of ACC or higher at A-level).
To make the most of the opportunities available through this course you must have excellent practical, theoretical and mathematical skills. Personal motivation, organisation and an ability to work to deadlines are also key factors in the successful completion of this programme.
Units 1 and 5 will each be assessed in a 1.5 hour written paper which is externally set and marked.
Units 3 and 7 are assessed through externally set tasks conducted under controlled conditions.

Other units are all internally assessed. Assessment methods are summative and are designed to test the students’ understanding of the theory content. These assessments are ‘open book’ and draw on class materials and formative homework as well as self-directed study and research. The assessment methods are varied, depending on the unit being studied and feature a range of projects, practical tasks and research activities.

All internal units are assessed by subject specialists and cross marked for quality and compliance with specification content.

Grading and Certification
Each completed piece of work achieves assessment criteria at Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D) level. A completed unit is then assigned points which cumulatively provide the final certification grade.
The final course grades range from D*D*D* (the equivalent of A*A*A* at A-level), to PPP (the equivalent of EEE at A-level)
Students studying this course can, at the end of a successful 2 years, certificate in Applied Science or Applied Science (Biomedical Science) depending upon their preferences and future career aspirations.

Progression
In order to progress to the second year of the programme, the first year qualification must be passed, as a minimum.
Attendance and disciplinary records may also be reviewed.
Achievement is dependent on the motivation and commitment of the students. The skills and knowledge gained on this course are highly transferable and valued in the workplace.
At least 5 GCSE A*-C grades are needed, to include;
Maths GCSE – minimum grade C
English Language/Welsh 1st Language GCSE – minimum grade C
Plus one of the following Science options:
Double Science GCSE – ideally grades BC or above*
Double Applied Science GCSE – ideally grades BC or above*
Separate Science GCSEs – ideally grades BCC or above*
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science – minimum grade MM.

*Given the difficulty of the course, students securing BC or BCC in Science at GCSE will have a far better chance to complete the course and attain in line with their expectations. However, those students with CC or CCC in Science at GCSE are welcome to apply but their performance on the course will be carefully monitored by lecturers over the first ½ term to ensure Level 3 Applied Science is the right course for them.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course
The natural progression from this course is either a full time degree course or directly into a job / higher level apprenticeship.
The BTEC Extended Diploma can provide access to work in hospital, education, quality control, testing and environmental science laboratories amongst others. It is even possible to study Medicine by completing this course.
Suitable degree routes include Environment or Forensic Science, Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Pharmacology, Radiology, Physiotherapy and Nursing, however this list is not exhaustive. Please speak to us if you are unsure as to the suitability of this course
Please see attached equipment list for further information; the cost of a lab coat can range anywhere from £10-£25 depending on the style and brand chosen. Scientific calculators, if not carried forward from GCSE Maths, can be purchased on the highstreet for between £5-£10.

Students are expected to have access to their own hard copy of appropriate texts to support their learning across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All students will also have access to college provided online publications. Further information and guidance will be given by subject staff during the induction period in relation to the best / most appropriate texts to purchase. However, all books are readily available second-hand and can be purchased for around £5-£15. If texts are purchased brand new, the cost can rise to between £45-£60.

Extracurricular and curriculum enhancement activities will incur a cost to students and this will vary depending upon the activity. More information will be provided well in advance of the activity and whilst extremely beneficial to knowledge and understanding, students will not experience any academic disadvantage if they do not take part.
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