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Applied Science Level 3 at Northampton College

Course description

This programme of study is a practical, work related course aimed at teaching you about the employment area you have chosen and developing the skills you will need to start your career or move into Higher Education. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demand. The first year of the course allows you to achieve a Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. On successful completion at Merit Level or above you may progress to the second year and complete an Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Over the first year you will study 9 units from a similar list to these: - Fundamentals of Science - Working in the Science Industry - Scientific Investigation - Scientific Practical Techniques - Perceptions of Science - Mathematics for Science Technicians - Physiology of Human Body Systems - Biochemical Techniques - Energy Changes - Sources and Applications - Microbiological Techniques - Electrical Circuits and their Industrial Applications - Genetics and Genetical Engineering - Practical Chemical Analysis - Chemical Laboratory Techniques - Principles of Plant and Soil Science - Electronics for Science Technicians - Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions - Industrial Applications of Organic ChemistryOn progression to the Extended Diploma in Applied Science you will study more units from this list or similar units.

Course content

Students who wish to progress to Higher Education or employment in a related area such as: - A materials testing laboratory in the construction, paper or plastics industry - A school or college laboratory - An environmental science laboratory - Forensic science

Entry requirements

BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science at Merit level plus GSCE Mathematics or English at Grade C or 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including double Science and Mathematics or English.


The course is assessed via assignments set within the college. There are no examinations, unless you re-sit GCSE English or maths.

Future opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies, you could go to university and study biology, chemistry, forensic science or material science or join an apprenticeship programme. Alternatively, you could apply to work in:- A research laboratory in pharmaceuticals - A quality control laboratory in a hospital or manufacturingNote: You cannot progress to be a Doctor, Vet or Dentist from this qualification but you can enter related degrees in Medical Science and Vetinary Science. Some subjects, such as Physics, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy require extra qualifications along side the BTEC.

Further information

There will be trips/visits planned during the year. Details of these will be posted to you as part of your induction pack.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton College directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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