Advanced Tech - Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

This is a new and exciting vocational course for post 16 learners who want to combine vocational and project based learning activities in the area of Applied Science. The aim of the course will be to progress you to higher education and employment opportunities in the Science Sector.

Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10951

Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

Study Type: Full-Time

Education Level Further Education


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Course Overview

This qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme.

In the first year of the programme you will complete a Foundation Diploma (1.5 A-Level equivalent) and will have the opportunity to exit at this stage.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with Placements, industrial projects and competitions in the Applied Science sector.

On the successful completion of Year 1 those progressing to year two will top-up to the Extended Diploma.  Again you will have access to these enrichment activities in your second year of study.

The course will give you a wide range of knowledge and skills essential to progress within the science sector.

There is an attendance commitment requirement of 21 hours per week.

Course Modules

 Year 1 Mandatory Core Units (plus two optional units):

• Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science

• Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

• Unit 3 Scientific Investigation skills

• Unit 4 Laboratory Techniques and their applications  

Year 2 Mandatory Core Units (plus two optional units):

• Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II

• Unit 6: Investigative Project

• Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science    

Optional Units may include:

• Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

• Unit 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction

• Unit 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways

• Unit 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering

• Unit 17: Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques

• Unit 18: Industrial Chemical Reactions

*The optional units for this course may vary from year to year.

Ideal If:

If you want to go onto study Science or a related subject at a higher level.

It may also meet the requirements for entry level job within the sector and a higher level apprenticeship in Science.

You'll Learn:
Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Principles and Applications of Science, Scientific Investigation skills and Laboratory Techniques and their applications.

You'll Love:

The significant practical elements of this course - which will be further enhanced through this new Advanced Tech pathway.

You will be encouraged to carry out individual/group project work and may have the opportunity to enter International competitions.  The department has had great success with these competitions over the last number of years and they provide a great opportunity to develop in depth Scientific knowledge and skills whilst developing employability skills such as communication, team work, innovation and problem solving.

You'll Progress:

Learners who have successfully completed this qualification in two years may progress to level 4/5 courses such as HND/Foundation Degree in a science subject.  

You may also be able to progress to degrees in related Science subjects which may include Biology, Human Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Food Nutrition. 

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant Science courses.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with the specific higher education providers.

You'll Need:
A minimum of 4Cs at GCSE level to include English (or equivalent), Maths (or equivalent) and Double Award Science (or equivalent such as a Merit at Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science).
Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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Nathan Luke Grey
Applied Tech - Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science
The class experiments are the best part of this course, we have grown our own bacteria and made bottle rockets, which has improved my teamwork and interpersonal skills.
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