Applied Science / Applied Science (with Forensics) - Level 3


Start:
September
Location:
Balliol Road Campus
Level:
3

Course Details

Studying science will take you into all sorts of fascinating careers. The UK is particularly strong in aerospace, biotechnology and medical technology.

On this course, you will have the opportunity to study a range of science modules and units focussing on Chemistry and Biology.

Your units are linked to the application of science and will develop your investigative skills. The majority of your lessons will be in laboratories where you’ll be carrying out practical experiments, writing up scientific reports or preparing posters and presentations for your assignments.

There are a variety of assessment methods including: examinations, written coursework, presentations and practical experiments. You will be assessed throughout the programme.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade 9-4 (old grading system: A*-C) if you do not already have these grades.

Our Level 3 Applied science programme covers a range of topics both theoretical and practical and provides a good introduction to further study in all science areas, as it covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This course is equivalent to 3 A-levels and offers an excellent combination of academic and practical study in preparation for university and employment.

The course is theory based but there are core practical experiments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics that you will need to understand to complete your coursework and exams.

The mandatory units are:

  • Unit 1 - Principles and Applications of Science I (exam)
  • Unit 2 - Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3 - Science Investigation Skills (external assessment of practical skills and exam)
  • Unit 4 - Laboratory Techniques and Their Application
  • Unit 5 - Principles and Applications of Science II (exam)
  • Unit 6 - Investigative Project
  • Unit 7 - Contemporary Issues in Science (exam)

We then complete a selection of the following optional units:

  • Unit 8 - Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Unit 11 - Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Unit 12 – Disease and Infection
  • Unit 13 - Applications of inorganic chemistry
  • Unit 14 - Applications of organic chemistry
  • Unit 17 - Microbiological and Microbiological techniques
  • Unit 19 - Practical chemical analysis
  • Unit 21 - Medical physics applications

For the forensics pathway two of these optional units will be replaced with the following units:

  • Unit 23 – Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis
  • Unit 25 – Forensic Fire Investigation

This course is 40% exam based and 60% coursework.

Throughout the course you will be expected to complete 30 assignments over the 2 years.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Or

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (with Forensics)

2 years, 12 hours per week (over 3 days).

On successful completion of the full Extended Diploma our students have progressed to University, employment, or Higher Apprenticeships.

This course prepares you for a career or Higher Education in roles such as:

  • Health Professional
  • Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Zoology
  • Marine Biology
  • Laboratory Work
  • Scientific Research
  • Forensics
  • Pharmaceutical industries

Entry Requirements

How much will this course cost me?

Aged 16-18

Free.

Aged 19+

There may be fees associated with this course.

You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)

You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study. If you are aged 19+ then there may be fees associated with the course. You may be eligible to have some, or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

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