Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

Applied Science

Develop your scientific skills and techniques for modern science


Level 3

Career Sector

Medical Technologies & Life Sciences

Available At

Palmer's Seevic

Start Date


Course overview

Applied Science is a practical course ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in the generic science field, including medical science, pharmaceutical science, analytical scientist, toxicologist or laboratory technician

This course will give you a broad understanding of scientific principles including; practical microbiological skills, health and diseases, chemical analysis, medical physics applications, genetics and genetic engineering, individual investigative projects and practical scientific skills. You will study all three science disciplines, with a focus towards the biomedical field. This course concentrates on the knowledge, skills and techniques required for work in modern analytical sciences.

This course is assessed by the use of examinations and coursework. It is ideal for learners who thrive in an engaging hands-on style of learning. Completion of the course will give you a qualification equivalent to 3 A-Levels

What will I study?

Year 1 will develop your scientific skills and techniques as well as your knowledge of key concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to help develop your understanding of the importance of science in modern forensic investigation. Year 2 will allow you to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional units.

You will sit two exams in your first year and a further two in the second. The workload is substantial and good organisational and time management skills are essential. Topics include:

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems

Why study Applied Science at USP College?

  • A mixture of theory and practical allowing you to put into practice what you learn in the classroom
  • Teachers from a variety of industrial back grounds will help you relate theory to the workplace
  • Opportunity of work experience over the two years – allowing you to develop excellent employability skills
  • Unrivalled support, workshop and help sessions run throughout the year by your teachers

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.
  • Grade 4 or above in at least two Science GCSEs (or equivalent).

Additional information

You will be expected to purchase a lab coat from the college for approximately £10.

What could I do next?

After USP College many students choose to study forensic science at university, although the combination of units we study gives you a broad range of option including biochemistry, analytical sciences and degree apprenticeships.

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