Applied Science Level 3

This Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation / Extended Diploma is for learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the science industry sector.

The qualification is equivalent in size to 3 A Levels studied over two years. Learners wishing to take this qualification will have successfully completed a Level 2 programme of learning, with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

The requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both higher education and employers. For example, practical and analytical skills, reading scientific text, problem solving and carrying out practical laboratory tasks. In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

The course gave me a broad introduction to science which helped me understand what direction I want to take my career in, as I have been able to learn about so many areas. I have a much better understanding of the subject and where I would like to develop my skills further.Kyle Taylor - Applied Science

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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Course Content

Applied Science Level 3 Foundation / Extended Diploma – Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 Foundation / Extended Diploma in Applied Science will allow students to develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for progression in the sciences. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to develop their practical knowledge and skills by performing a variety of biology, physics and chemistry experimental work. Students will learn how to work safely within a laboratory environment and how to use maths and statistics to analyse experimental data.

Topics in first year include:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques

Topics in second year include:

  • Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Medical Physics Applications
How Will I Be Assessed?

Learners will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.

In your first year you will sit two external examinations and four internally assessed units and in your second year you will sit two external examinations and five internally assessed units.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (9-4) including English, Maths and Science, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification and an interview.

Career Opportunities

This qualification provides a route to employment as a science technician or assistant practitioner working in a wide variety of roles in the science industry or in organisations that use science. These can include roles such as medical physics technician, research laboratory technician, quality control technician, scientific journalist.

Course Progression

Our students have progressed on to a range of science related degree programmes such as Genetics, Engineering, Chemistry, Nursing, Physical Sciences, Physiotherapy, Marine Biology, Biological science, Biomedical Science and Microbiology. The course has a strong emphasis on practical laboratory work. It is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and provides a sound stepping stone to employment or to University.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Applied Science Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo Years: Year 1: Foundation Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395 (This fee covers the full two-year course)


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