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Applied Science (Biomedical Science & Analytical Forensics) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Our Applied Science programmes in biomedical science and analytical forensics are ideal for students with a keen and strong interest in science, who enjoy solving problems and investigating solutions to complex questions. Our study programmes offer the opportunity to specialise in either Analytical Forensics or Biomedical Science. Successful students from these study programmes progress on to undergraduate study in a huge variety of science degree programmes including biomedical science, criminology, biological sciences and forensic science, training or employment in science related careers.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9-4 including science, maths and ideally English OR Applied Science at Level 2.

Course content

The study programme is both classroom and laboratory based and focuses on applied biology, chemistry, physics and maths covering a broad range of topics in different units. In the first year you will complete a set of mandatory and optional units which are the same for both pathways;

  • Principles and Applications of Science 1
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their application
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering.

In your second year you will study for specialist pathway in either biomedical science or analytical forensics:

  • Biomedical Science study:
  • Principles and Applications of Science 2
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques

Analytical Forensics study;

  • Principles and Applications of Science 2
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

You will also continue to study and enhance your English and maths skills through maths and English workshops and complete a period of compulsory work experience. You will be assessed by examinations and course work throughout the course. Units are subject to change.


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma  (Analytical Forensic or Biomedical science) AND 


  • English and maths qualifications if required.

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

This Level 3 qualification can help you find employment, or give you the UCAS points needed for higher education study. You could also progress on to our HND Applied Science courses at out Kettering Campus or alternative Higher education programmes. You will be able to progress onto university or go straight into employment.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase the following to support your studies: 

  • Applied Science textbook (approx. £60)
  • Scientific calculator (approx. £10)
  • USB drive (approx. £5)
  • Printing of assessment paperwork (approx. £25)
Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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