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In Short

This nationally recognised qualification provides studies in three scientific skills: Physics, Biology and Chemistry. It is the equivalent to three A Levels and is taken as an entry qualification to university. You will learn about a range of organisations and how they use science in different ways on an operational basis. A particular emphasis is placed on practical investigations to broaden scientific knowledge.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including English and Maths and at least one Science subject at a minimum Grade 4.

Course Content

In addition to Functional Skills (English, maths and ICT), 6 core units will be studied over the two years:

  • The fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques
  • Scientific investigation
  • Perceptions of science
  • Application of numbers

Twelve additional units are studied for the full Extended Diploma – these may include:

  • Using science in the workplace
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Medical physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemical laboratory techniques

How will I be assessed?

All assessments are coursework or assignments based. There are no exams required for the completion of this qualification.


Progress to various scientific degree or Higher National Diploma courses at university.

Your Tutors

Helen Hoon

My main teaching focus is maths which I have been teaching for 17 years; my aim is to get students to overcome barriers so that GCSE Maths becomes an achievement for them. I initially taught maths for 10 years at Kingston Maurward College, where I also delivered horticulture apprenticeships having been in the industry for a number of years.  When I moved to Weymouth College 7 years ago I was thrilled to be able to make use of my Life Sciences degree and teach Biology units in Applied Science as well as continuing with maths.


Emily Alltoft

BSc (Hons) Biological Science (Ecology)

Team Leader for GCE Biology

I have taught Biology at Weymouth College for 10 years. I have also been an Examiner for GCE Biology Pearson since 2012 and was appointed as a Team Leader in 2018. The role has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of examination requirements, which I use to help guide both my AS/A level and BTEC Applied Science students to fulfilling their potential. Biology never fails to fascinate me, as scientific research expands our knowledge. Although my academic background started out focussing on ecology, teaching has broadened my interests in other areas of biology. Advances in molecular, cellular and medical research are ever expanding our understanding of the human body and there are still so many things left to discover.


Michael Tomlinson

Ph.D (Analytical Chemistry)

I have 10+ years of industrial experience working as an Analytical Chemist and I have taught Chemistry for the last 16 years (8 years at Weymouth College). I have a wealth of experience in delivering A-level and BTEC and so am able to ensure students are well prepared for examinations and assessments. Our courses have a strong practical element which links to the   in all cases making the courses relevant and contemporary, covering current issues such as environmental chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and beyond.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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