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Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Essex College

Course description

This course is ideal for those interested in following a career in science and its related areas, including: nutrition, medical research, pharmacology, medical physics and environmental science. Subjects studied on this course include the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigations, scientific practical techniques, perceptions of science andusing mathematical tools in science. Progression to higher education is strongly advised following this course.

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Course content

  • Principles and applications of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Laboratory techniques and their application
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Human regulation and reproduction
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Diseases and infection
  • Applications of organic chemistry
  • Microbiology and microbiological techniques
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Medical physics applications
  • Maths and English

Entry requirements

  • four GCSEs at grade four/grade C or above, including maths, English and science, or
  • Applied Science Level 2 Extended Certificate plus maths and English at grade four/grade C or above, or equivalent
  • successful attendance at interview event


  • Coursework, assignment tasks (written reports, graphs and posters, projects) and performance observation assessments

Financial information

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Future opportunities

  • Higher education at university or college to study a science-based degree
  • Seek employment as a junior or trainee technician in a hospital, or in areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals or dental technology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Essex College directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2018
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