Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Nantgarw

Course Information

This course offers you the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical aspects of laboratory science. The course provides a broad base for those wishing to study science and prepare for a career in science or progression to higher education to undertake a degree level course.

It is also relevant to assistant and practising technicians who want to enhance their skills experience and knowledge. Alongside this course you will also study the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, which is equivalent to 1 A level.

What Will I Learn?

You will study nineteen units/modules across the two years if you continue onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. In the first year these will include: Fundamentals of science; Scientific practical techniques; Environmental science; Plant & soil science; Industrial applications of chemical reactions; Physiology of human body systems; Energy changes and Maths for science.

For the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate you will explore a wide range of areas including how Wales fits in with Europe and the rest of the world, the health of the nation and how to be enterprising..

You will also complete Essential skills in Communication, ICT and Application of number.

Entry Requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English/Welsh, Maths/Numeracy and at least one Science subject, or a Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science at distinction level, or recent, relevant experience.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required. Applicants with appropriate experience, who do not necessarily meet the academic qualifications, may be considered.


You will be assessed in all units by completing set assignment work, laboratory reports and the completion of vocational assignment s. You will also be expected to maintain your course files and your Key Skills portfolios to the required standards.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.

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Career Progression

  • Successful learners could progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science. If moving into employment, there are excellent career opportunities as a technician/trainee in all fields of science.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Chemical scientist

    Average salary: £32,604

  • Laboratory technician

    Average salary: £19,598

  • Research or development manager

    Average salary: £41,009

  • Environment professional

    Average salary: £21,041

  • Conservation professional

    Average salary: £35,529

  • Engineering professional n.e.c.

    Average salary: £34,028


Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.


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