Applied Science Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is made up of various scientific units that focus on the diverse work carried out by scientists and enables you to gain both theoretical and practical skills in this fascinating and progressive field of study.

If you are considering a career in science-based subjects, including forensic science, you must have a real interest in analytical scientific work. Your analysis will produce results that would be vital to criminal cases and lives may depend on your skills. To follow your dreams of becoming a scientist in many fields you must develop your skills and knowledge in all science disciplines initially, before specialising in the workplace or further your studies in an appropriate course in higher education.

During this Level 3 qualification you will study the mandatory units along with some optional units, which are selected depending on the expertise in the teaching team.

Units in your first year may include:

  • Principles and applications of science I
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Laboratory techniques and their application in industry
  • Physiology of human body systems

Second year units may include:

  • Principles and applications of science II
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Applications of organic chemistry
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis

You will also be expected to carry out 30 hours relevant work experience in each year.

Assessment Methods

This course uses a combination of assessment styles designed to give you confidence to apply your knowledge in the scientific workplace. Assessment methods include internally set assignments with experiments, written reports, projects, performance observations and practical work, and externally set controlled tasks (practical and written) and written exams.

Progression Options

Many students progress to study a variety of scientific degrees. Previous students have studied degrees in biomedical science, radiography and chemistry amongst others. The Extended Diploma is a rigorous, scientific and practical science course, and most universities accept this qualification. If you have a career in mind, please check the UCAS entry requirements before selecting your college course.

Course Summary

Course Title Applied Science Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including English and Maths, and a minimum of two GCSEs in science subjects. Acceptance is subject to a successful interview.

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The course has taught me many things, but one of the most valuable is how to meet deadlines and manage my time effectively. After College I plan on going to university to study Biomedical Science.

Megan Bratcher

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