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Applied Science - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brackenhurst at NTU (Nottingham Trent University)

Course description

This course is for anyone who wants to do a degree in science at university. You’ll focus on your favourite subject area, where you can choose your units to suit you and support your future career in the science industry. You’ll study in our laboratories at Clifton Campus to build practical scientific skills.

Are you?

  • Interested in conducting experiments
  • Able to write well and explain your research to others
  • Keen to develop practical laboratory skills
  • Organised with a careful approach

Course content

Some of the things you’ll study...

Principles and Applications of Science I

Learn about the cells, tissues and atoms that make up animals and plants and why they are structured this way to live within their environment.

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Learn how to use laboratory equipment safely and take part in experiments and investigations, developing the skills you will use in the science industry.

Science Investigation Skills

Develop the skills needed to plan a scientific investigation, including how to gather information, explain, understand and evaluate your findings.

Practical Chemical Analysis

You’ll study and analyse chemicals to learn about what processes are used to make drugs for the pharmaceutical industry.

Applications of Organic Chemistry

Gain the knowledge and skills required to test organic compounds (used in cleaning products) and develop an understanding of how they are used in everyday life.

In addition you will study English and maths and complete relevant work experience.

Entry requirements

For 2018 entry you will need:

  • Four GCSEs including English Language, Maths and Science at grade 4 / C or above.

You will also be required to attend an interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered.


You'll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, practical assessments and class tests. Assessments include four externally assessed exams.

How you’ll study

You’ll learn in our fantastic facilities and be taught by tutors who have real-life experience of working within the science industry. You will be taught through lectures, group discussions and practical demonstrations.

Financial information

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Future opportunities

Next steps

If you are successful and achieve the right combination of results, you'll be able to do a biosciences, chemistry or physics degree at Nottingham Trent University’s

Clifton Campus, or an animal and equine science, environmental science, food science or ecology and conservation degree at our Brackenhurst Campus.

Future jobs within the animal industry include:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Health Care Scientist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Research Scientist

Further information

Study a science course at NTU’s Clifton Campus and you’ll have access to some fantastic facilities. The campus has several fully equipped chemistry, biology and physics laboratories. It is also home to an astronomy observatory, which contains high-tech telescopes used to observe events in outer space. You’ll use the labs and observatory for hands-on, practical lessons during your studies.

As well as your subject-specific facilities, you’ll also find:

  • a library, including fully equipped computer rooms
  • modern classrooms and teaching areas
  • our careers and employability service
  • a dining room and choice of cafes, including Costa Coffee
  • our student shop
  • lots of social and chill-out spaces

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brackenhurst at NTU (Nottingham Trent University) directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2018
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