Course overviewApplied Science Level 3 City of Bristol College
This full-time, two-year Extended Diploma in Applied Science course is for school leavers aged 16-18.
You can continue your education through applied learning and progress to higher education courses. The qualification is wide-ranging and equivalent to three A Levels.
You can choose to study this course for one year and achieve a Foundation Diploma. This is a popular option for students wishing to top-up.
During your second year, you can pick from two pathways:
- Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Analytical and Forensic Science)
- Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science).
If you’re aged 19+ and this will be your first Level 3 course, it could be free for you under the government’s National Skills Fund (NSF) scheme. Get in touch to find out more.
Dates and applications
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This course costs £2882. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
Who is this course for?
This Extended Diploma in Applied Science course is for young people aged 16-18. It is suitable for people who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress onto higher education courses.
What you'll learn
This Extended Diploma in Applied Science course will see students study for two years over a range of mandatory and optional content provides a balance of breadth and depth.
You will develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, the study of applied science particularly encourages development of skills such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis.
Modules you will study includes principles and applications of science, practical scientific procedures techniques, investigative project, contemporary issues and biomedical science.
Course entry requirements
To join this course, you will need five GCSE Grade 4 (c) or above including English Language, Maths and Science. You will also need a recommendation from school detailing your passion and enthusiasm for science.
As we are moving to a new specification, the entry criteria may change. We recommend working towards a Grade 5 to secure your place.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
During this course, you will be asked to complete a range of internally assessed units with most demonstrating a practical element.
You will also complete coursework an assignment-based tasks and will be assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified. In year one of the study programme you will be required to undertake 30 hours of work experience relevant to the sector, during timetabled and holiday periods.
You will also be assessed through external exams.
Future career and study opportunities
After successfully completing the first year of this course, you can progress onto year two or seek employment. The second year of the course offers the opportunity to specialise in one of two pathways: Biomedical Science or Analytical and Forensic Science.
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses. Whichever route you take, you would be able to enter courses such as BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Analytical Science, BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science or a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Science.
As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.
Applied Science students need to pay for a City of Bristol College lab coat.
Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.
If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.
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