This course offers students the chance to further their study of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route.
The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study. To assist students in their studies and understanding of science in the wider world this course includes talks from industry professionals and visits to places of scientific interest and industry.
You will also work towards improving your English and Maths Skills through a GCSE or Functional Skills
Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:
Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma
Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma
Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to apply to universities for a range of science based degrees.
Previous students from this course have progressed onto degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, optometry, radiography and physics.
You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, practical work, group and pair work as well as self-directed study.
Assessment will be by assignments, presentations, observation of practical work and practical lab written reports. Each unit studied will use one or more of these assessment methods.
You will be expected to provide your own file to keep your assignments in, calculator, ruler, HB pencil, pen and stationary but other materials will be provided.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science
University, Higher Education study
In addition to the time spent in classes in College, you will be expected to spend several hours per week on self-directed study.
5 GCSEs at 4-5 (C) or above including Science, English and Maths.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science with Functional Skills at Level 2
Applicants must also have a good reference and interview.
GCSE or Level 2 Science
You are expected to be at Level 2 in English. If you do not have a GCSE in English you will be given to opportunity to take this. Before you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level.
You are expected to be at Level 2 in Mathematics. If you do not have a GCSE in Mathematics you will be given an opportunity to take this. Before/when you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level
To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.
Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.
Students will be allocated £2.50 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.
Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.
Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.
All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2018. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.
The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.
If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.
Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:
If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
For further information click here.
Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20
If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn.
Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study. Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.
For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.
If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.
You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.
It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.
Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:
All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.Email firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.
The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.
For further information click here.For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here.