L3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science, Year 1

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Work towards a STEM career with this exciting Applied Science course that upgrades your Extended Certificate to a Diploma.

Course Information

As a second-year student, you’ll expand on your scientific knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, diseases and infections. You’ll explore key and interesting topics such as biological molecules and metabolic pathways, as well as studying and discussing contemporary issues in today’s science world. You’ll also learn about experimental design and statistical analysis, and will walk away with a diploma that’s equivalent to two A levels.


Who is this course for?

This course is for first year learners who are moving into their second year of study on the Applied Science course and looking to take the next step towards a career in science. It is particularly ideal for individuals who want to combine academic study with practical skills, study in professional-standard facilities and take advantage of our industry links.

Units / Modules

  • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Applications
  • Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Unit 6: Investigative Project
  • Unit 21: Medical Physics Applications

Benefits / Skills

  • Analyse and identify contemporary scientific issues
  • Gain knowledge of applications of organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Study specialist areas such as diseases, astronomy, genetics and biological modules
  • Conduct practical work in professional laboratories
  • Improve your analytical, investigative and critical thinking skills

Assessment Types

A combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed exams.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English or Maths, as well as a pass in the first-year Applied Science Extended Certificate course.

Career Progression

You will progress to a second year of study to achieve your Diploma and overall Level 3 qualification, or start relevant employment.

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1 year

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No fee

Course Facts


By 2024, the science, engineering and production technician sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 2.3%. (EMSI, 2019)


A qualification in science can lead to a whole host of opportunities in health-related industries, the pharmaceutical industry, land-based industries, environmental work, and sport and fitness.

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