Formerly City College Brighton and Hove

Applied Science - BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science Level 3 Year 2

This course will further develop your skills acquired in the subsidiary diploma and can prepare you for higher education.

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Key information

Course code: B13502 Course type: International, Full-time, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: Year 1 of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Double Science End qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science Level 3 Awarding body: Pearson Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Assessment: Laboratory experiments, written assignments and presentations

Course aims and areas

This course explores the fundamentals of science.

You will learn a range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, genetics and forensic investigation, which can lead to a range of careers, from biotechnologist to police and fire investigator.

Develop practical laboratory skills, carry out scientific investigations and learn techniques using mathematical tools, whilst exploring the latest developments in human sciences.

This course will give give you the academic and practical skills needed for to progress to higher education and a number of roles in the science industry.

Course Units

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific investigations
  • Scientific practical techniques
  • Perceptions of science
  • Using mathematical tools in science

In addition, a further 12 units of study which may include some of the following:

  • Using statistics in science
  • Informatics in science
  • Physiology of human body systems, regulation & reproduction
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Chemistry for biology technicians
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Medical physics techniques
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Criminology and forensic evidence collection, analysis and photography
  • Traffic accident investigation
  • Criminal investigation procedures
  • Criminal investigation in practice

Why the MET?

You will have access to our well-resourced science laboratories with specialised state-of the-art industry equipment.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. 

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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How to apply

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Work experience

There will be opportunities to attend external visits to a range of organisations including medical organisations, hospitals and police departments.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas. 

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.  


What's next?

You can progress to university level course in a variety of scientific disciplines or public and emergency service management. This includes foundation degrees or a BSc (Hons) in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, chemistry or forensic science.

After completing the course you will be able to seek employment in the police force, other investigative agencies, fire investigation, insurance fire accident assessment and private investigation. 

Future careers include:

  • Bio-technologist 
  • Forensic scientist
  • Fire investigator
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist

  • Access to well-resourced laboratories
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Chemical scientist

Typical Tasks:

  • Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems.
  • Conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials.
  • Analyses results and experimental data.
  • Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions.
  • Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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110 Available opportunities -4.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,316

AVERAGE £26,988

POTENTIAL £39,702

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies

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Laboratory technician

Typical Tasks:

  • Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.
  • Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs.
  • Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work.
  • Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained.
  • Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

76 Available opportunities -2.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,475

AVERAGE £19,110

POTENTIAL £29,016

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking

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Research or development manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions.
  • Liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems.
  • Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken.
  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team.
  • Monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

396 Available opportunities 1% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,331

AVERAGE £41,847

POTENTIAL £66,398

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies

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Environment professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Identifies contamination of land, air or water and assesses any adverse impact on the environment.
  • Advises on and provides solutions for mitigating the effects of such contamination.
  • Implements remediation works.
  • Carries out environment-related desk-based research and fieldwork to collect, analyse and interpret data to determine their validity, quality and significance.
  • Carries out environmental audits and environmental impact assessments.
  • Communicates scientific and technical information to relevant audiences in an appropriate form, via reports, workshops, educational events, public hearings.
  • Assists organisations to conduct their activities in an environmentally appropriate manner.
  • Implements, reviews and advises on regulatory and legislative standards, guidelines and policies.
  • Provides professional guidance to clients, government agencies, regulators and other relevant bodies, having regard for sustainable approaches and solutions.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

106 Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £21,587

AVERAGE £33,852

POTENTIAL £49,394

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Science

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