Applied Science

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body EDEXCEL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This course is designed to provide you with work specific skills if you are wanting to work in scientific laboratories.  Main topics include chemistry, physics and biology, along with other units of study in biomedical and forensic science.  This study programme is highly practical and you will learn many techniques that are standard practice in general laboratories.

By studying on this course, it can potentially open up exciting employment opportunities in cutting edge scientific workplaces, with the possibility of further study which can lead on to higher vocational qualifications.

On successful completion of this course, you may want to consider applying for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science, where you could specialise in General Applied Science, Biomedical Science or forensics.

If you have not achieved a C grade or equivalent or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs with 4 points or C grade and above, including 4 points or C grade in English, maths, as well as a science based subject. You can also progress from a Level 2 qualification in Applied Science.

You will need to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Six mandatory units, which include:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Scientific practical techniques
  • Using mathematical tools in science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Perceptions of science
  • Scientific investigations

There will be optional units which will be decided by the college. These can be discussed at interview.

How will I be assessed

This qualification is assessed by observation and assignment. It is essential evidence is gathered in a portfolio of competence to show that you have met all the relevant criteria for each unit.

To receive the qualification you must complete all the designated units as a pass grade and achieve minimum points scored (108 points).

What next


If you want to go straight into employment after completing this course you could work in a research laboratory, a quality control laboratory, a hospital laboratory, a materials testing laboratory, a forensic science laboratory, a laboratory within an educational establishment or an environmental science laboratory.

Further Study

This qualification fits across a broad range of potential science specialisms, not just forensics, for example (dependant on modules studied) careers in criminology, teaching, and psychology. In addition this qualification can provide entry onto generic and specialist science based degrees such as nursing, pharmaceutical science, forensics and veterinary nursing, biology, chemistry or biomedical science. Entry may be dependent on UCAS points and modules studied and can vary from university to university (please check individual universities for further information). The Extended Diploma in Science attracts up to 420 UCAS Tariff Points.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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