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Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Applied Science

Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Applied Science

Course Overview
This one year course is the equivalent to 3 AS levels and enables you to learn about a variety of aspects of Applied Science, reflecting on aspects of employment within the scientific sector. You will develop your practical and deductive reasoning skills as part of this course.


  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Investigations
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human regulation and Reproduction
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Chemistry for Biology technicians
  • Practical chemical analysis

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or ICT.

Entry Requirements
4-5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, Maths and separate science GCSEs, or Double Award Science,  or Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (at Merit grade), or  BTEC Level 2 in Animal Care (at Merit grade).

Preference will be given to candidates with GCSE Maths and English.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths. This will be a mandatory part of your course.

In circumstances where there are more applications for a course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.
Where will it take me?
Successful completion of this course will lead directly onto further study on the 1 year Extended Diploma (top-up), which upon completion will be equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Alternatively, the course can also lead directly into a science career at technician level.

Further study at a higher level will lead to employment in areas such as Medical Microbiology, Biomedical Science, Nursing and Dietetics or Criminal Psychology, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science or management positions in the Forensic science field.
How will it make me more employable?

You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:

  • Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your theoretical and technical competence
  • Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
  • Gaining hands on experience through Industry Projects
  • Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies
 This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Assessment is by assignment, which may be practically or theoretically based. There are no final examinations but your theoretical knowledge is sometimes assessed through short tests.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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