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At the end of this course, students are awards a BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science. This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels.

Entry Requirements

BTEC Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (in addition to4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs, relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above, relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above).

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    Assessment consists of two externally assessed exam units and five internally assessed units.

    Externally Assessed Units:

    Units 5: Principles and Applications of Science II Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science

    Internally Assessed Units:

    Unit 6: Investigative Project Unit 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction Unit 16: Astronomy and Space Science Unit 21: Medical Physics Applications Unit 22: Materials Science

    Aims of the course

    Aims of the course A full-time course for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in the applied science sector before entering employment.

    Progression Opportunities

    The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, the study of applied science particularly encourages development of skills such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis.

    These skills are developed through the variety of approaches to teaching and learning enabled by the specification. In particular, Unit 6: Investigative Project and Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science allow learners to demonstrate their ability to plan, research, address problems, assimilate data, and draw together and communicate their findings.


    The majority of lessons will take place in a laboratory. In addition, students will use ICT labs to develop research skills and proficiency in relevant computer software. Students will also be expected to participate in day trips in relation to particular subjects.

    Career Options

    There are a range of career options available. The majority of students pursue careers in pharmaceutical science, forensic science, biomedical science, paramedical science, biotechnology etc.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020


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16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,698 p/year
24+ £3,698 p/year
International £9,000 p/year
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