The National Extended Diploma is a vocational course equivalent to three A Levels and is ideally suited to students who wish to study the sciences and are particularly interested in how science can help the criminal justice system.
Exams (42%) Coursework (58%)
Standard entry requirements plus GCSE 4 in two Science subjects or merit in BTEC Science.
Approximately £25 for textbooks, plus optional field trips
You may be required to complete an activity before you start in order to help introduce you to the subject. Check back in the summer term for more details.
There is a series of thirteen units studied over the two years of the course. Four of the units are externally assessed whilst the other nine are internally assessed (coursework). The course gives you a good grounding in advanced science subjects such as the ‘human physiology’ microbiology’ and ‘chemical analysis’ units as well as extending knowledge in the forensic and criminology fields of study in units such as ‘Criminal investigation procedures’ and ‘Forensic Fire Investigation’.
You will participate in field trips and benefit from a range of speakers. You will also have the opportunity to apply for work experience in science industry or criminal justice system.
You will develop a wide range of practical, transferrable skills and be assessed continuously through the coursework element.
This course is an accepted qualification for entry particularly science related
degrees and those relating to criminology, criminal psychology and
Alternatively students may consider direct entry into employment
or further training.