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Applied Science Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certficate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

An Applied Science Diploma will provide you with a broad range of skills to prepare you for employment or higher education. You will build on your previous studies of science by widening your knowledge of scientific investigation and practical techniques. You will develop the numeracy skills required in a scientific setting, find out about working in the science industry and examine perceptions of science in the wider community. You will work as an individual and in small groups on research projects.  

This is an Extended Certificate course equivalent to one A level. You can also take this course as an Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A levels.

Course content

Core units

The units vary with the option taken. The ones listed indicate the variety available.

Principles and Applications of Science I

Scientists and technicians working in science and science-related organisations must have a good understanding of core science concepts covered in this unit. A strong grasp of these concepts will enable you to use and apply this knowledge and understanding in vocational contexts and when studying other units as part of this course.

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

This unit introduces you to standard laboratory equipment and techniques, including titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chromatography, calibration procedures and laboratory safety. Through the practical tasks in the unit, you will develop proficiency in the quantitative analytical techniques of titration and colorimetry. You will also have the opportunity to calibrate equipment and will be encouraged to be aware of the safety aspects of laboratory procedures and techniques.

Science Investigation Skills

In this unit, you will develop the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigations. As well as drawing on Unit 1 and Unit 2, these skills will be delivered through subject themes ranging from enzymes and diffusion to electrical circuits. The subject themes provide different contexts for the development of the investigative skills. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

Specialist unit

One further unit is studied in the Extended Certificate course:

Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level including Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 4 in English and Merit in the subject applied for if taken as an applied course.

You need at least two Grade 4s in Science.


At least a Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in Science (6-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths. Students with a distinction grade in a related area (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.


Future opportunities

Qualifications in Applied Science can lead to a career in a range of areas including forensic, medical, laboratory or industrial science, depending on the specialist units taught. The course also provides progression to higher education courses such as forensic chemistry, biological sciences or audiology.

Students who completed the course in 2017 are studying, for example, Biomedical Science at Anglia Ruskin, Forensic Science, also at Anglia Ruskin, Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, Biology at Lincoln University, Diagnostic Radiography at Suffolk University and Palaeontology at Portsmouth University.

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

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: 27 September 2018
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