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Applied Science Diploma Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

You can choose between a one and two year course. After having successfully completed the one year course, which is equivalent to 1/1.5 A Levels, you can then progress on to the second year, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

In the first year you will study a number of core and specialist units, depending on your entry qualifications. You will be guided through your own scientific research project as well as units in scientific practical techniques, laboratory design, and physiology.

Once the first year is complete, you can choose one of three pathways for your second year. This includes applied science, forensic science, and medical science. Each pathway has been designed to enable you to pursue various career goals.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

Specialist Facilities:

This programme is delivered by our fully qualified and professional staff. You will benefit from learning in our modern, well-equipped laboratories in which numerous practical skills in pharmacological, microbiological, forensic, and genetic engineering are developed, as well as standard laboratory practices.

Trips and Activities:

Throughout the Level 3 course there are a number of opportunities for you to go on trips and visits as well as discussions with guest speakers and running mini projects.  

Some of the highlights so far include:

  • Attending open days at top universities such as UCL
  • External  workshops with the Ministry of Defence
  • Creating your own environmental project with People and Planet
  • Visits to ecology centres
  • An annual visit to CERN in Switzerland to explore particle physics
  • External speakers from the industry, such as forensic scientists
  • Entry to World Skills competitions

Employer Links:

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss Apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, including English, maths and science, or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.

To progress to the second year Extended Diploma qualification you will need to successfully complete the first year of this course and demonstrate good attendance and punctuality at the College.


You will be assessed via a number of coursework assessments that include practical reports, scientific investigations, and presentations where working independently is actively encouraged.

Each assessment is graded as Pass, Merit, or Distinction and assignments are designed to have a vocational focus with real world scenarios so that work is done as it would be in industry.

A large proportion of these assessments are based on practical investigations where a tutor observation is included in the final assessment. 

Future opportunities

Studying BTEC Applied Science will allow you to prepare for the next stage of your career to enable you to progress with confidence either to further study or employment with training.

Former students have gone to well respected universities such as UCL, King’s College London, Queen Mary, and Sussex to study a wide variety of medical and pharmacy related degrees. Future careers can include employment in scientific research, biomedical sciences, zoology, forensic science and crime scene investigation, radiography, and in the pharmaceutical industry to name a few.

You could also progress onto our University Centre Croydon BA (Hons) - Criminology, Psychology and Social Justice degree course which is validated by the University of Sussex.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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