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Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Applied Science

Applied Science

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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

This course will equip you with a broad range of skills and knowledge allowing you to progress either directly into employment or to go on to study at degree level.

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Is this course right for me?

The Applied Science course provides an opportunity to further study all three disciplines of science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with a more practical approach.

All lessons are based in our science laboratories, so the course provides a hands-on learning experience. The course will equip you with a broad range of knowledge and skills required to progress on to study at degree level or go into employment in a scientific field.

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in year two is equivalent to three A-levels.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/English Literature/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy and Double Award Science
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

The requirements of the qualification will mean that you develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, the study of applied science particularly encourages development of skills such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis.

Units studied to include:

  • Principles and applications of science 1
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Laboratory techniques and their application
  • Biological molecules and metabolic pathways
  • Astronomy and space science
  • Principles and applications of science 2
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science
  • Microbiology and microbiological techniques
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Applications of organic chemistry
  • Forensic evidence, collection and analysis
  • Medical Physics Technologies

Learners will also complete a Level 3 Certificate in Food Science in which learners will apply their scientific knowledge to this increasingly popular field of employment. Classroom delivery, as well as practicals within the hospitality kitchens will allow learners to complete the qualification over two years. Details on Food Science can be found here: WJEC Applied Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition specification from 2015-e 21.10.22.
Upon successful completion, this qualification is equivalent to an AS Level. Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including:Analytical Chemist, Animal Technologist, Archaeologist, Astronautical Engineer Astronomer, Biologist, Cartographer, Field Seismologist, Forensic Scientist, Geochemist, Geophysicist, Geoscientist, Hydrogeologist, Hydrologist, Laboratory Technician, Marine Scientist, Microbiologist, Nuclear Chemist, Operational Researcher, Particle Physicist, Physicist, Plant Breeder/Geneticist, Research Scientist, Simulations Engineer, Soil Scientist, Toxicologist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • There is an annual workshop fee for this course (£20 - £60), payable before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 20/12/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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