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Science Diploma

The Bedford Sixth Form Chemistry

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma | Exam board: Pearson

Our Science Diploma will enable you to study all three key areas of science over the two year programme alongside an A-Level.

The course contains elements of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a range of practical units that will equip you with a broad knowledge of Science at Level 3. As part of the course, topics exploring sociology, law and crime scene investigations are added to introduce forensics content.

The Bedford Sixth Form Chemistry

Course content

The method of assessment varies between units, some require an exam or a task marked by the exam board whereas others are coursework based and assessed by your teachers. You will take 8 units across the two year programme.

  • Principles and applications of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Forensic investigation procedures in practice
  • Applications of criminology
  • Criminal investigation procedures in practice

*Units are subject to change

Additional information

Is this course for me?

If you want to study science but do not want to study the conventional subjects at A-level, this course provides an alternative allowing you to mix sciences and another subject together.

Most students welcome the types of assessment, with a mixture of exams, examined tasks and coursework. Students will increase their knowledge of science, but in addition they will develop skills in writing reports and presenting scientific information.

Students will need to manage their time and their work effectively during the year.

Course highlights

Students will complete a range of experiments and exercise practical skills throughout their two year course. They will also undertake research and develop both practical and theoretical scientific skills. Students who choose a forensic and criminal investigation focus will investigate a simulated crime during the course, collecting and analysing evidence in the manner of a Scene of Crime Officer and Forensic scientist.


Assessment will take place at the end of each individual unit and can be either coursework based or exam based.

What can I do next?

The qualification carries up to 112 UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements for many relevant courses. The National Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation will offer learners the opportunity to progress to some applied degree courses. Taken alongside other qualifications, it will prepare learners for progression to a wider range of degree programmes.

Entry requirements

Some of our subjects are subject to standard entry requirement and some have additional requirements. Please see below:

Subject specific entry requirements

  • 2x 5 in Science & 5 in Maths

Standard entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language and Maths (one Vocational or Technical qualification at Merit or above may be counted)


  • At least grade 4 (or Merit for Vocational or Technical qualifications) in any subject(s) that you have taken at GCSE and wish to continue studying at Level 3


  • Average GCSE (best 8) of at least 4 (38 on the old points table)


  • Grade 4 (or Merit), at least, in any subject previously studied
  • Students will take either 3 A-Level subjects or 1 Diploma subject with 1 A-Level
September 2024

Apply now!

Applications for a September 2024 start at The Bedford Sixth Form are open now! Apply now and achieve great things.

Please note: Applications will close on Friday 31 May 2024. Applications made after this date will be added to a waiting list.