Course Overview

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.

Course Structure

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

This course covers topics on the human body, science in industry, electrical circuits and 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 
Progression from the Foundation to the Extended Diploma is not automatic. Progression from BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma will be by invitation only dependent on specific parameters being met. 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

This course is progression from the Foundation Diploma and covers topics on Biological molecules, organic and industrial chemistry, material science and 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 3 A levels


Entry Requirements

GCSE Mathematics at Grade 4 or above, GCSE English Language at Grade 4 or above and GCSE combined science at Grade 4 or above or GCSE in two single Sciences at Grade 4 or above.


On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to progress to other Further education study, Higher Education courses leading to, for example, Radiography or Forensic Science, employment in an area such as a Lab technician or a Higher Apprenticeship.

On successful completion of the Extended Diploma programme, you can progress to:


·         University degrees such as:

·       Diagnostic radiography

·       Forensic Science

·       Biomedical Science

·       Ophthalmic Dispensing

·       Sports Science

·       Nursing

·       Occupational therapy

·       Biological Sciences

·       Chemical Sciences

·       Pharmacy 

·       Optometry

·       Mechanical engineering  

·       Midwifery 

·       Physiotherapy 

·       Clinical Sciences/Medicine Foundation


….and many more



How You Will Be Assessed

Internally assessed units will be by coursework portfolios based on: experiments, worksheets, observation reports and more.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Email: [email protected].