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
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (with Forensics)
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
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Marine Biology
- Laboratory Work
- Scientific Research
- Pharmaceutical industries
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.