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Applied Science (Level 3)

Key course information

Life Sciences


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

If you want to work in a scientific environment and understand how the universe works, this course will help you to begin one of a range of careers in the varied and ever-changing world of life science. Covering different theoretical and practical aspects of science, this course is an excellent starting point for a future in life science. This course focuses on scientific practical techniques, analytical techniques and scientific investigation plus a broad coverage of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the principles and applications of science, along with contemporary issues within science. You will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to plan and carry out scientific investigations before accurately analysing the results. You will also complete several optional modules as you begin to specialise in your areas of interest.

You will see, and use, amazing technology and new scientific techniques including spectrometry, chromatography and substance analysis to determine an object’s make-up, including some techniques used in forensic scenarios.

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English and Science.

Alternatively, you should have passed a relevant Level 2 qualification with at least a Merit grade and GCSE passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

- BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science assessed via examinations, coursework and practical laboratory assessments.
- An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team

Additional Costs and Information

You will be expected to join in course trips to other organisations and exhibitions and this may involve costs for travel and entry fees.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Life Sciences

Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist

  • Microbiologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Toxicologist

There are more than 100 forensic science courses on offer at universities

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