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Biomedical Science & Analytical Forensics Advanced (Level 3)

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Analytical Forensics & Biomedical Science Advanced (Level 3)

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.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

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. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Tresham College Applied Science Level 3
Applied Science


When I’d finished my GCSEs I wanted to learn more about science because I find it so interesting to see how our body works and how it adapts to our surroundings. Secondary school just gave us the basics, but at College it’s about researching the subject and taking it to the next level. I really enjoy studying chemistry and biology together because it enables me to combine my passion for sport with my scientific knowledge. I’ve played hockey since I was seven and am now a member of the Kettering Hockey Club.  

We did one experiment called ‘screaming jelly babies’ where you can see how much energy there is in a sweet by putting it into molten potassium chlorate. The reaction shows the oxidation of the sugar in the jelly baby and causes a screaming noise. I’m very interested in diet and take care of what I’m eating because I’m aware of how it affects our bodies.  

I want to study Science at university but also bring sport into my education, perhaps through Sport Science, Biochemistry or even Pharmacology. A career that combines the two would be ideal, such as a Personal Trainer or Laboratory Scientist.   

The College offers an independent environment, which is a really nice way to learn and good experience for the future. The course is mainly coursework based, so it’s good if you like being organised and taking control of your own studying, like I do. The tutors are very supportive and help us think about our futures by talking to us independently.  

Course information

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.

Qualifications gained

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


  • 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).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.