Level 3 in Applied Science

Cambridge Regional College
Course summary
2 years
Full time
Professional Training

Course description

Level 3 in Applied Science

For anyone who is interested in a scientific career then the Extended Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent place to start. Equivalent to 3 A levels, it covers a broad range of subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. You will have the opportunity to develop relevant practical skills in these areas and to apply your knowledge to different situations in a mature learning environment that is different to school

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) to include GCSE Maths and double science. It is strongly recommended that you also have GCSE English at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C). Or
  • Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in related area (60-credit qualification) along with GCSE Maths and English at grades 9 - 4 (A* - C) The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels achieved over 2 years or 1 .5 A level if Foundation Diploma is taken over year. A firm offer of a place on the course is conditional on you
  • Attending a Welcome Event (a presentation and formal interview)
  • Attending two compulsory Taster Days (week commencing Monday 28th June 2021)
  • Achievement of GCSE results at the correct level (as stated above)
  • A satisfactory reference. In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.

Training Course Content

Core units

  • Principles and Applications of Science I (exam: externally marked)
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills (practical assessment and write up - externally marked)
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Principles and Applications of Science II (exam: externally marked)
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science (practical assessment and write up - externally marked)

Specialist units

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Practical Chemistry Analysis
  • Materials Science

Continuing Studies

As this qualification is equivalent to A levels, it allows similar progression routes to both University and into employment. Students in the past have progressed on to a broad range of Universities in many different areas of science including biochemistry, biomedical science, radiography, nursing, microbiology, genetics, physics, computing and biology. Alternatively, if you do not wish to progress to University, support is provided to help you find alternatives such as employment or apprenticeships. For example you may wish to consider applying for a Level 4 HNC Diploma in Applied Science (Biology), which you could study in college either full time (2 days per week) or part time as part of an apprenticeship.

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Cambridge Regional College

Our mission is to transform lives and create prosperity by delivering technical and professional education that meets the needs of students, employers and communities in Cambridgeshire. Cambridge Regional College is the largest further education college in the East of England...

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Kings Hedges Road
CB4 2QT Cambridge Cambridgeshire

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