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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

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Course Overview

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent starting point for those wishing to pursue a career in a range of science-based subjects inclusive of veterinary nursing, forensic science and pharmaceuticals.

The majority of our students take a two-year programme completing an Extended Diploma in Applied Science which is equivalent to three A-levels. Students are able to develop practical laboratory skills in our well-equipped labs and gain underpinning knowledge of science-related topics. The courses also provide an opportunity for students to develop employability skills alongside gaining confidence in becoming independent learners.

This course is delivered predominantly through theory lessons, practical laboratory work, group seminars and external professional development (industry/work placement). You will also have individual tutorials with your Course Manager on a regular basis in order to monitor and track your progress. Guest speakers, trips and visits are used to enhance the learning environment where possible.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and science or a Level 2/3 Science qualification at Merit/Distinction grade with a grade 4 or a...

Course information

This programme is made up of a mixture of modules including:

Principles & Applications of Science
Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
Science Investigation Skills
Laboratory Techniques and their Application
Investigate Project
Contemporary Issues in Science
Forensic Evidence
Collection and Analysis

2 years

This course is delivered through a range of theory and practical lessons.

Assessment takes place through the completion of examinations, synoptic assessment, homework and successful completion of industry placement.

You will achieve the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (1 Year) leading on to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

The 1st year qualification can be studied as a standalone qualification (however, note that completion of a 1 year programme will have limitations in relation to progression, particularly onto university).

You will complete a one day per week external industry placement. In addition, you will complete two weeks as a block placement.

This course can lead to employment within:

Veterinary nursing
Scientific research
Laboratories, Forensic Science
Pharmaceutical/medical organisations

Students can also progress (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) into higher education studying subjects such as veterinary nursing, chemistry, forensic science and biology.

What careers can this course lead onto?

Biomedical Science, Environmental Protection, Forensic Science, Medical Laboratory Analyst, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceuticals, Physiotherapy, Quality Control, Teaching, Vetinary Science.

Level 3

Students must be self-motivated, well organised and hardworking in order to meet the deadlines set for achievement on the course.

We expect students to be curious, creative and to enjoy learning. If you have a learning difficulty or disability or additional educational need, please let us know when you apply so that we can fully assess for any support you may require.

You may be required to make set contributions towards educational trips and/or travel expenses to local events.