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Applied Science BTEC Foundation / Extended Diploma – Level 3 at Dudley College

Course description

Applied Science BTEC Foundation / Extended Diploma – Level 3

Course content

This BTEC Diploma full-time course will enable you to develop scientific skills and understanding with units in chemistry, biology, physics and maths. On successful completion of the extended Diploma students are able to progress on to university to study a variety of scientific subjects or in to employment.

Foundation diploma in Applied Science (Year 1)
You will study a range of units, for example:
• Principles and applications of science I
• Practical scientific procedures and techniques
• Science investigation skills
• Laboratory techniques and their application
• Physiology of human body systems
• Genetics and genetic engineering.

Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Year 2)
You will study a range of units, for example:
• Principles and applications of science II
• Investigative project
• Contemporary issues in science
• Medical physics applications
• Practical chemical analysis
• Microbiology and microbiological techniques
• Biomedical science.

There is an option to study A level Chemistry in addition to the extended Diploma. Simply add in to your personal statement, that you are interested in studying the additional A level when you apply and we can discuss this with you at interview.

Entry requirements

You should have one of the following:

• A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science at Merit or Distinction grade
• Three GCSEs at grade C including two science subjects and English and mathematics at grade 4

To study the A level in addition to your extended diploma you will also need:
Two GCSEs at a grade C plus:
Grade 5 in English language
Grade B in double award science
Grade 4 in mathematics


Some core units are externally assessed. This can be either a written exam or a practical test. Other units are assessed via internally marked assignments, set by course tutors.

Financial information

There is no need to worry about the costs of coming to college as there is lots of financial help available. Our finance and welfare officers will be able to talk to you about any help that may be available to you based on your individual circumstances.


Examples of financial help are:


Bursary fund


Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund for help with college related costs. More information about the 16-18 Bursary Fund can be found at the website: or by contacting our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.




We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel costs for 16-18* year olds on full-time programmes, based on individual circumstances**. To qualify for a free bus pass***, you must live more than one mile from the campus at which you will be studying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn funding.


*Under 19 as at 31 August 2017.


**Students with learning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help – talk to our Student Finance team.


***Evidence of family income will need to be provided.


For advice on help that may be available to you when you start college call our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.

Future opportunities

Degree or HND in a range of sciences, medically-related courses or employment in a laboratory.

Further information

For further information about Dudley College and the courses on offer, please visit or contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Foundation Diploma in Applied Science – Year 1Extended Diploma in Applied Science – Year 2.
  • Course code: PAPSCB00008
  • Web url:

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