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Applied Science (Level 3) - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is perfect if you enjoy science, have a genuine interest in a career in a science-related field and want to take your studies further, perhaps onto a degree. If you have completed the one year National Foundation in Applied Science, equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, you can move onto this Extended Diploma and work towards the full 3 A Levels.

You’ll learn a full range of scientific principles across key science subject areas such as biology, chemistry and physics. You’ll also carry out science-based field work and forensics investigations as well as carry out practical scientific experiments.

You can expect a professional study environment in well-equipped laboratories, supervised by experienced and knowledgeable tutors. You’ll carry out a range of scientific experiments and throughout your course will be expected to complete a number of practical and theory-based assignments. You’ll learn about the range of scientific careers available locally as well as further afield and will receive the right advice about where to go and what to do next in order to achieve your ambitions.

This course is based at the City Campus (Maid Marian Way).

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A*-C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grade 9-4 (A*-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths. You can also gain a place by having a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and maths GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C).


Choose to follow with a degree-level course in an industrial or science-based subject to help you move into further scientific research or laboratory work, or a career in medicine, chemistry, biochemistry or microbiology, natural sciences or forensics, to name a few.

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