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Applied Science Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Courses

An Applied Science Diploma will provide you with a broad range of skills to prepare you for employment or higher education. You will build on your previous studies of science by widening your knowledge of scientific investigation and practical techniques. You will develop the numeracy skills required in a scientific setting, find out about working in the science industry and examine perceptions of science in the wider community. You will work as an individual and in small groups on research projects.

You can choose to study this course as…

  • an Extended Certificate (60 credits) the equivalent to one A Level
  • a Diploma (120 credits) the equivalent to two A Levels. 

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content



You will gain a strong grasp of core science concepts and be introduced to standard laboratory equipment and techniques.

Through practical tasks, you will develop proficiency in quantitative analytical techniques. You will also learn the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigation.

The range of core science concepts will be built upon and this knowledge will be applied to vocational contexts.

You will consider contemporary issues in science such as stem cell therapy, genetic engineering and developments in nanotechnology.

You will also undertake your own investigative project comprised of a scientific literature review, planning, practical work and an evaluative report.


Extended Certificate:

  • 58% exam
  • 42% coursework

Entry requirements


  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.
  • 2 GCSEs at Grade 5s in GCSE Combined Science, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Physics.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Maths
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