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Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at St Helens College

Course description

This advanced level course will stengthen the skills and knowledge acquired at level 2, to fully prepare you for your chosen career in the industry.

This course has a strong practical element with plenty of laboratory work to equip you with the skills to underpin the scientific knowledge you will gain.

Course content

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Mathematics
  • Perceptions of science
  • Scientific practical technique
  • Working in the science industry

Other specialist units include:

  • Physiology
  • Biochemical techniques
  • Microbial techniques
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Industrial applications of chemistry
  • Maths
  • Informatics
  • Genes and genetic engineering
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Criminology
  • Criminal psychology
  • Applications of forensic psychology

Entry requirements

You should have four GCSEs at grade C or above including English, maths and science, or have successfully completed our level 2 qualification.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.


You will be assessed through a combination of assignments, evidence portfolios, projects, case studies, practical exercises and examinations.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

Once you've completed this course, you'll be ready to apply to university and study a degree in a science subject such as chemistry, applied biology, biomedical science, forensic science.

You may choose study our FdSc in Microbiology at University Centre St Helens, accredited by University of Chester or you may choose to look for employment in a science based role, perhaps in product development, microbiology or analytical chemistry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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