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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

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Course Description

Are you wishing to pursue a career in science? Our Applied Science offer hosts a suite of courses that provide an educational foundation for you to do just that. Taught in wide variety of laboratory settings, these courses cover a range of topics and require a high level of practical laboratory skills. Upon completion of this course, you will achieve a recognised qualification enabling you to move into employment or apply for a degree/Higher National Diploma/Certificate level.

If you're wishing to pursue a career in the medical science field, forensic science field or as a science technician, this is the perfect course for you.

This course is taught at our Middleton campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


Pearsons BTEC Extended National Diploma in Applied Science

Entry Requirements

In order to begin this course students are required to achieve 4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science.

NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2 qualifications are also accepted.


This course is equivalent to three full A Levels and contains a large amount of practical work.

Topics on this course include:

  • Principles and applications of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Laboratory techniques and their application
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Human regulation and reproduction
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Forensic fire investigation
  • Forensic traffic accident investigation

Work Experience

Although there are no specific work experience placements, there is a combination of theory and practical classes in our purpose built science laboratories.


Upon completion of this course, you are able to progress onto a Higher Education/Degree course, or into employment.

Possible careers include: Laboratory Technician, Forensics, Analytical Scientist, Anthropologist, Scenes of Crime Officer or roles in any of the following fields:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Micro Biology
  • Radiography
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