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Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

This course is a practical, vocational Applied Science course, equivalent to 1.5 A levels, that prepares learners for work or further study in a related scientific discipline.

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We have 3 sessions available for this course running in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science
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Bangor
Full-Time 03/09/2018
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Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science
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Downpatrick
Full-Time 03/09/2018
20+ Apply Now
Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science
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Lisburn
Full-Time 03/09/2018
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Course Overview

This course is a practical, vocational Applied Science course, equivalent to 1.5 A levels, that prepares learners for work or further study in a related scientific discipline.

Typically, you will be in class for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

There are 6 modules of which 2 are externally assessed.

MODULES MAY INCLUDE:

Mandatory modules may include:

  • Principles and Applications of science (Exam)
  • Practical scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Scientific Investigation skills (External Assessment)
  • Laboratory Techniques and their applications

Optional modules will be a choice of:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways

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).

Attendance at an interview will be required.

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?

This course is equivalent to 1.5 A levels.

Successful completion of this course may lead directly onto further study on the 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, entering National and International competitions, such as BT Young Scientist and the BEST Awards
  • 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?
There are 6 modules required to be completed. Module 1 is assessed by an externally assessed exam and Module 3, by an externally set assessment. The other 4 modules are assessed by internally set coursework, which may utilise different modes of assessment such as project work, written work, presentations and practical work.
Additional Costs
There are no additional costs associated with this programme.
Accreditation
This BTEC course is regulated and accredited by EDEXCEL,
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.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:



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