Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

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
04 Sep 2023
End Date
21 Jun 2024

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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 14 - Applications of Organic Chemistry (60 GLH)
● Unit 15 - Electrical Circuits and their Application (60 GLH)
● Unit 17 - Microbiology and Microbiological techniques (60 GLH)
● 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
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
● 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)
5 GCSE at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English/Welsh (1st Language)
plus one of the following Science options:

○ Double Science GCSE – ideally grades B/6 C/4 or above*
○ Double Applied Science GCSE – ideally grades B/6 C/ or above*
○ Separate Science GCSEs – ideally grades BCC / 644 or above*
○ BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science – minimum grade MM.

*Given the difficulty of the course, students securing B/6 grades 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 C/4s 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.

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.
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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