Applied Science
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Applied Science shares the common purpose of helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the applied science sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college. By studying a BTEC Level 3 National, learners develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science) is a 90-credit qualification that consists of four mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 90 credits Pearson BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Applied Science qualification is equivalent in size to one and a half A levels.

It has been designed to develop a common core of knowledge including:

  • fundamentals of science

  • scientific practical techniques

  • working in the science industry

  • and scientific investigations and allowing them the opportunity to study in more depth a range of option areas such as:

  • Microbiological Techniques

  • Biochemistry and biochemical techniques

  • Industrial chemical reactions

  • Electrical circuits and their applications

  • Physiological investigations
Entry Requirements

4 - 5 GCSEs grade A - C, including English and Maths and a BB in Double Science. Students with full Level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade A - C including GCSE English and Maths and a good reference. Some subjects will need GCSE Maths.

Assessment Method

Assessment is through assignments, presentations and completion of projects. All units are graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction. Assignments are created by lecturers to enable learners to be able to meet the criteria at Pass, Merit or Distinction. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a larger or different level 3 programme. All units are internally assessed in the BTEC qualifications. We enable learners to produce evidence in a variety of different forms including, written reports, graphs and posters, along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments

Progression Opportunities

Most of our learners progress onto the Extended Diploma with a view to progressing onto Higher Education. Some will seek apprenticeships within the Science Sector and others engage in employment in the Science Industry. You could continue your studies at a University as the extended Diploma in Applied Science is considered equivalent to 3 A Levels by Universities and Employers. You can also continue your studies to gain an HNC or HND to allow you to work within a Science Laboratory.

Study Methods

At our campus we have well equipped laboratories and specialist science technicians who will support you in your development


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