This course is perfect if you would like a career in a science-related field, and want to take your studies further, perhaps onto a degree. On successful completion of the one-year Foundation Diploma in Applied Science, equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, you can move onto the Extended Diploma to gain the full 3 A Level-equivalent.
You’ll learn a full range of scientific principles across key areas such as biology, chemistry and physics. You’ll also do science-based fieldwork and practical laboratory experiments. In year 2 you will be able to select one of three options: Applied/Biomedical/Analytical and Forensic Science, tailored to meet career/university goals.
You can expect a professional study environment in well-equipped laboratories, and experienced tutors. You’ll carry out experiments and practical and theory-based assignments as well as exams.
You’ll also find out about career opportunities and get expert advice on next steps.
Location to be confirmed
Due to the COVID-19 crisis this course will start at another college campus and may move to the City Hub later in the year.
Start: 7th September 2020
Course code: C000085 / Q002671
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma in Applied Science
You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. You will need to have all three Sciences at GCSE grade 9–4 (A*-C), Double Science, or a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification at Merit or above with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C).
A combination of externally assessed exams and portfolio building.
Choose to follow with a degree-level course in an industrial or science-based subject, to help you move into further scientific research or laboratory work, or a career in medicine, chemistry, biochemistry or microbiology, natural sciences or forensics, for example.
Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!