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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Qualification Gained
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
Study Level
School Leavers, Level 3
Start Date
David Hockney Building


This qualification is a 2 year course resulting in the awarding of the Extended Diploma in Applied Science equivalent to 3 A levels in Science.

A career in science has almost unlimited possibilities. Have you thought about becoming an environmental scientist analysing soil samples, a nurse taking a patient’s blood pressure, a food scientist testing for bacteria in supermarket meat, or a science teacher in a school?

To start you off on this exciting journey, the BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent choice, especially if you’re not too keen on exams!

Your coursework will be assessed, meaning you get a clear understanding of your progress throughout the year and don’t have loads of exams to revise for at the end.

Much of your work will focus on experiments that you will plan and carry out in our well-furnished laboratories, developing theory and practical skills to help you carry out this work skilfully and safely – which is a key part of the course.

  Key Info

You will understand key concepts in the sciences ranging from the Human Body to Circuits and Biological molecules.

Foundation Diploma:

  • The Human Body
  • Science in Industry
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Laboratory Skills

You will study six units, four of which are internally assessed and the other two are examined in January and June. This course is equivalent to 1.5 A levels. To progress from BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma certain requirements must be met.

Extended Diploma:

  • Biological Molecules
  • Organic and Industrial Chemistry
  • Material Science
  • An Investigative Project

You will study seven units, five of which are internally assessed and the other two are examined in January and June. This course is equivalent to three A levels.


Entry to this course requires GCSE English, GCSE Maths and GCSE Combined Science or two single Science GCSEs at a grade 4 or C.

Certain units will be assessed internally based on coursework, which includes:

  • Experiments
  • Worksheets
  • Observation reports

Two units will be externally assessed in January and June.

Successful completion of the course can lead to progression into employment or Further Education and Higher Education courses.

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma programme, you can progress onto science-based university degrees including Pharmacy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Sport Sciences.

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees. If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.