Applied Science (Medical Science) 90 Credit Diploma Level 3





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About the course

This course is intended for students wanting to continue their science education through applied learning and aim to progress to higher education. The qualification is equivalent in size to 3 A Levels and it has been designed as a full two year course, although it may be possible to gain a 90 Credit Diploma by studying just the first year. During the first year you will study the mandatory units that are common to the two different pathways that we offer and then in the second year you will study the more specialist units.


  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Entry Requirements

The following requirements are essential:


  • 5 GCSE grade C's, including English Language at grade C/4, Maths at a minimum of grade D/3 or Level 2 FS Maths
  • BTec Diploma at Merit
  • Must have a grade C/4 in Science, C/4 in English lang and a C/4 in maths)

A learner on this programme would benefit from being able to demonstrate:

  • Team working skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to conduct research
  • Presentation skills
  • Good personal organisation
  • Good communication skills

You will be enrolled on the 90 Credit Diploma, which is a one year course. Upon successful completion of year one, you can progress onto the Extended Diploma in year two.

What will I do on this course?

Everyone taking the course will study nine units in the first year covering some of the following content areas:

  • Principles and application of science (biology, physics and chemistry)
  • Practical scientific and laboratory techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science

In the second year, subject to passing the first year, you will proceed to the Extended Diploma in Medical Science where you will study some of these units:

  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Diseases and infections
  • Medical Physics
Who is it for?

The course helps you to experience the full breadth of the world of science, helping you to identify areas of interest and your potential future specialism. Are you a practical person? Are you hard working? Do you have good personal organisation? Do you enjoy science? Then this may well be for you.

  • If you are over 19 and have GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science, please apply to do our Access to HE Science course.

How to apply

Please click on the 'Apply' button below

How Is this course assessed?

All of your course is assessed by assignments. These take considerable time, which means that you will have to manage your time well. It is estimated that you have to spend as much time outside the classroom as you have teaching hours. You will need to keep abreast of your assignments throughout your course, as there are strict rules on meeting assignment deadlines.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma, you may wish to complete the Extended Diploma year and progress to university 

On the course you will develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. So you may go directly into employment, a Higher Apprenticeship or into higher education. The Applied Science qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many science related degree courses. However, some university courses may require achievement of specific units, so you should always check the entry requirements with the higher education providers.

Additional cost

You may be required to contribute towards costs of trips.


You will need an interview for this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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