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Science - Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science at Wakefield College

Course description

This course helps you to build the skills and techniques necessary for a successful career in science or higher education. This qualification is the equivalent of three A Levels and is suitable for students who have studied GCSE sciences at school including single sciences at GCSE, or double award as well as BTEC First Applied Science.

Course content

What you will study

even Manadatory Units (Including externally assessed examinations): 1 Principles and Applications of Science I (Exam) 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques 3 Science Investigation Skills (Exam) 4 Laboratory Techniques and their Application 5 Principles and Applications of Science II (Exam) 6 Investigative Project 7 Contemporary Issues in Science (Exam) Plus six specialist units, which may include some of the following: Physiology of Human Body Systems Human Regulation and Reproduction Genetics and Genetic Engineering Diseases and Infections Applications of Inorganic Chemistry Applications of Organic Chemistry Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques Industrial Chemical Reactions Practical Chemical Analysis Biomedical Science Medical Physics Applications The optional units are subject to change. As well as being essential for your future, skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances, and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. Most employers are looking for strong ability in Maths and English, and the majority of university courses require you to have these GCSEs at grades A*-C (or new grade 9-4). If you gain entry to the course with Level 2 qualifications other than GCSEs in English Language and Maths you will be required to take GCSE English and Maths alongside the main programme. This information is correct at the time of printing and may be subject to c  

Your Course Structure

The full A level is a two year course with all the assessments at the end of the second year. However, there is a one year Advanced Subsidiary qualification available and you will be sitting these exams at the end of the first year to gain an independent evaluation of your level of performance.

How you will learn

You will learn through a range of activities including laboratory practical work, workplace visits, lectures, group work and discussion.

NB, It is expected that you will also spend a minimum of 10 hours per week working on assignments and revising for exams.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) including English and maths, with GCSE Science at grade 5.

Applications with functional skills qualifications in English will also be considered.


The course will be assessed through a mixture of externally assessed exams (40%) as well as internally marked assignment work .

The internally assessed units will typically be assessed through four written assignments. These are likely to include tasks such as the write up of a practical investigation including a full analysis of results, short answer questions, research questions and occasionally an individual or group presentation.

N.B Resubmissions for assignments can only be granted if deadlines are met by the student.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Many of our student’s progress to university to study degrees such as forensic science, biomedical science, applied biology, biochemistry, microbiology and combined science. However, you could also progress to a HNC in Applied Biology at Wakefield College .

Career opportunities

Areas of employment include technical roles, quality control, medical laboratory analysis, materials testing, biomedical science, forensic science analysis, medical photographer, anatomical pathology technician, medical physics technician, and soil analysis.


Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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: 03 April 2019
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