Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma Medical Science (Applied Science)


This programme will suit you if you would like a career in the field of Medicine, but do not have the high grades required to study to be a doctor. It will offer you an alternative route to working in this field. You will explore the practical side of Science, with an emphasis on medical application.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course length

Foundation Diploma: one year
Extended Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Four or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including science and either Mathematics or English Language.

Students currently taking a Level 2 vocational course will need a full Level 2 Extended Certificate with merit in a related subject, a grade C in either English Language or Mathematics, and one other subject.

In some circumstances improved performance in Functional Skills may be accepted where a GCSE has not yet been achieved.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • scientific principles and practical techniques
  • laboratory organisation
  • workplace practices and medical ethics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Human Physiology and Physiological in
  • Biomedical Science
  • Microbiology and Genetic Engineering

On the course you will:

  • carry out practical laboratory procedures
  • plan and perform your own investigations
  • visit hospitals and industries
  • attend a one-week work placement
  • explore the role of a Science Technician

Method of assessment

Assessment is through internally assessed assignments (58%) and external assessment (42%).

What will I be able to progress to?

On completion of this programme, you will be equipped to enter employment as a Science Technician or for university courses in related subjects. Ideal careers include technical work such as Nursing, Medical Laboratory Analysis, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, Research and Education. This course will not however provide you with the qualifications to study Medicine at university.

Other information

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form confirming that you have no criminal convictions that prevent you from working with children or vulnerable adults. It will be administered by the college at the start of the course. The cost is £20 (non-refundable).