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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 - Michael Tomlinson, Neil Johnson, Edmund O'Malley

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.

Neil Johnson

BSc (Hons) Physics

I have worked at Weymouth College for 12 years, except for one year when I did a bit of travelling. I returned to teaching Physics at college because I love seeing people develop the skills needed to go on to a Physics or Engineering degree at university, and I enjoy helping those who initially find topics in Physics and Maths challenging.

I think Physics is so diverse that there’s something for everyone, which other subject covers the entire universe?!


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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