The Extended Diploma contains 13 units studied over two years. They cover a broad spectrum of topics across Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Electronics. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three full A Levels. In the first year, all students will study the same 7 units, providing them with a good grounding in all sciences. In the second year, students will study a range of different units.
Some of the possible units studied include:
• Physiology of Human Body Systems
• Genetics and Genetic Engineering
• Practical Chemical Analysis
• Indutrial Chemical Reactions
• Astronomy and Space Science
• Electrical Circuits and their Applications
Over the course of the two years, four of the units will be assessed through external exams, where one of which is an open-book style exam. The rest of the 13 units will be internally assessed through written work in a portfolio and successful work is awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction. All internal assessments are subject to external verification and all units must be successfully completed in order to obtain the Extended Diploma.
At least 4-5 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C including CC/44 in Double Award Science and C/4 in Maths or above.