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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Course Name 
Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science Available for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body Pearson BTEC
Offering Code DEL3ASC1F000
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Mandatory Placement Yes
Programme Design and Overview 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.
What you will Study

Seven Mandatory Units (Including externally assessed examinations):

• Principles and Applications of Science I (Exam)
• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
• Science Investigation Skills (Exam)
• Laboratory Techniques and their Application
• Principles and Applications of Science II (Exam)
• Investigative Project
• 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.

If you gain entry to the course with Level 2 qualifications other than a GCSEs in English Language or Maths you will be required to take GCSE English or Maths alongside the main programme.

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.

Course Structure Laboratory based with integrated practical work. 13 units covered, 7 of which are mandatory and 4 are externally assessed (examinations).
Nature of Assessments on the Programme

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.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and maths, plus Science at grade 5 – (Combined Science 5,4 or Triple Science 5,4,4).

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

Attendance Expectations Two years, full-time.
Attendance - Please note This is part of a full-time study programme. It may be available as a standalone fee paying course that is not part of a full-time study programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.
Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304
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.
How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

Please contact Amy Westwood on 01924 789153 or email

Alternatively,  contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Information last amended: 30 September 2022 12:59

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