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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science


About The Course

The level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent starting point for those wishing to pursue a career in a range of science based subjects inclusive of veterinary nursing, forensic science and pharmaceuticals. The majority of our students take a two year programme completing an Extended Diploma in Applied Science which is equivalent to three A-levels.

Students are able to develop practical laboratory skills in our well equipped labs and gain underpinning knowledge of science related topics. The courses also provide an opportunity for students to develop employability skills alongside gaining confidence in becoming independent learners.

This course is delivered predominantly through theory lessons, practical laboratory work, group seminars and external professional development (industry/work placement). You will also have individual tutorials with your Course Manager on a regular basis in order to monitor and track your progress.

Guest speakers, trips and visits are used to enhance the learning environment where possible.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and science or a Level 2 Science qualification at Merit/Distinction grade with a grade 4 or above in English and maths.

Please note that we recommend students to be working at grade 5 level in their GCSEs if they are interested in progressing onto University in the future.

At interview, we will require evidence of your interest in the sciences and in developing a career working in this field. We also recommend that you attend an Applied Science taster day to gain an insight into what the course will involve.


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This course can lead to employment within:

  • Veterinary nursing
  • Scientific research
  • Laboratories
  • Forensic Science
  • Pharmaceutical/medical organisations

Students can also progress (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) into higher education studying subjects such as veterinary nursing, chemistry, forensic science and biology.