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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

This course is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, in the science sector.
Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Level 3

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.

On the successful completion of Year 1 those progressing to year two will top-up to the Extended Diploma.  

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

There is an attendance commitment requirement of 16.75 hours per week.


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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Year 1)





Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Year 1)





Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Year 1)





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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.

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 completed this qualification in two years may progress to level 4/5 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, 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 (no equivalency accepted) 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.

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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