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Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (Top-up Year)


About The Course

The Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent opportunity for learners who have already completed A levels or a Level 3 qualification to take an additional year of study.

The course will benefit learners who wish to build on their knowledge before applying for university, who require additional UCAS points to progress into further education or for those who wish to broaden their understanding of the sciences in order to pursue a career within the science sector.

Learners 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 which will broaden their portfolio and enhance their professional skills within the science sector.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and science, a Level 2/3 Science related 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.