Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / Extended Diploma in Applied Science


The Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science is a one-year course progressing to the Extended Diploma in year two. It is suitable for students who prefer a more vocational and practical oriented study that covers a considerable breadth of subject specialisms. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels and this qualification is recognised by universities. It is a very popular course for those who are keen in a career science and want to follow a degree in a science discipline such as biomedical science, biological science, pharmaceutical sciences, or a degree in healthcare. Students who wish to progress to university are fully supported during their two years of study with us. Students are also supported to progress onto an apprenticeship within the field if this is their preferred choice.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This course applies scientific principles for use in the Applied Science field. The L3 BTEC extended diploma is equivalent to three A levels and will include units such as Laboratory techniques and their applications and Practical scientific procedures and techniques, Principles and the Application of Science and Scientific and investigation skills. In addition, a wide range of specialist topics will be studied including Genetics and genetic engineering, Micro-biology and Micro-biological techniques, Physiology of human body systems, Diseases and infections, Applications of in-organic chemistry, Practical chemical analysis and Astronomy and Space science and will also have opportunity to conduct an investigative research project.

Am I right for the course?

Are you motivated for a career in science? Do you enjoy practical based learning? This course is most suitable for motivated students who enjoy learning about the how and why of our universe and all its inhabitants.

You will need to have four GCSEs at Grade 4/ C or above including Science, Maths and English or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science.

As this is a vocational course you will be assessed mostly by course work which you need to pass and there are some exam units. All internally assessed units consist of a series of assignments and are awarded at pass, merit, or distinction level. These cover a range of tasks including practical, written assignments, presentations, scientific reports, and a portfolio of evidence. You will need to be very organised and keep up to date with all the coursework. Similarly exam units will have written tasks and the grades awarded also at pass, merit or distinction level.

Students who wish to this course but not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English or maths will be expected to study it alongside their main programme. Students will also be able to access support from the LRC Learning Coaches, learning mentors and can attend ‘Outside the Box’ workshops. Students will be expected to undertake work experience in related scientific organisations.

By studying Applied Science at Oaklands you will have your mind open to a broad spectrum of sciences, variety of practical activities and problem solving. You will be taught by experienced and qualified lecturers whose area of expertise include Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

What Next?

On completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma you will have the ability to apply to university or for apprenticeships to further develop your skills in this fascinating subject. You will receive support for applications to university, apprenticeships or work, with training to pursue your career in the range of jobs associated with Forensic Investigation. Potential careers include: Forensic Scientist, Fingerprint Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Police Officer, Laboratory Technician and Forensic Photographer.

On completion of the Applied Science course you will have the ability to apply to university to further develop your skills in this fascinating subject. You will receive support for applications to university or work with training to pursue your career in the range of jobs associated with Forensic Investigation.

Potential careers:

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Fingerprint Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Forensic Photographer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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