Applied Science Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Marple College



Course Overview

The BTEC in Applied Science offers students the chance to continue their studies of all three sciences but in vocational scenarios, with less emphasis on examinations than the A-Level sciences.
We offer the Extended Diploma, which is a full time, 3 A-Level equivalent qualification. The course has a strong focus on developing practical skills within the laboratory and learning how science is carried out in industry. This is underpinned by the study of the key theoretical concepts and scientific principles common to all science course.
As a wide ranging and varied course, the options for progressing into higher education and employment are also extremely varied.

Further Details


College 16-18

Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 years


Science & Pharmacy

General entry requirements for our Advanced Vocational Qualification include 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and/or Maths. For Applied Science we are looking for applicants with Grade 4s or above in your GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

We are an inclusive College and will consider all applications on a case by case basis at interview

The course uses a combination of assessment stylesincluding examinations and coursework to give students confidence that they can apply their knowledge tosucceed in the workplace. Our highly-trained team of subject specialist teachers will support students in preparing for four examined units. Students gain valuable organisational, time management and study skills to equip them well to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

Unique Features of the course include:
58% coursework assessed (42% examined)
Prepares students well for university style assignments and coursework.
A hands-on course which gives a real insight into working in scientific industries.
An experienced and highly trained team of skilled subject specialist teachers.
A variety of trips and visits to local scientific industries, universities and museums.

The Applied Science course covers a variety of general units from across all sciences, through to more specialised units like astrophysics, microbiology and industrial chemistry.

Students that study with us usually progress onto: Degree Pathways, Pure Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), Biomedical science, Healthcare science, Pharmaceutical science, Engineering and many more.

Laboratory research, Optometry, Radiography, Engineering, Industrial food production, Teaching

58% coursework assessed (42% examined)

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