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Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type

A-level, Vocational

Course code



Level 3


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

New and returning learners:

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Prepare to work in the science industry with a qualification that enables you to develop the knowledge and practical scientific skills that are relevant to employers.

This programme will give you the opportunity to acquire a range of technical employability personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

What I'll learn

You will learn units covering areas of:

  • laboratory science
  • forensic science
  • medical science
  • environmental science
  • biological chemical
  • physical science

After completing this course, you could progress on to employment with organisations that use science. These can include roles such as: quality control technician, medical physics technician, or scientific editors and proofreaders.

You could also progress on to higher education in science.



How I'll learn

You will work in the science laboratories and will be taught by our experienced specialist staff.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment for this course is through a combination of coursework and examination.

The examination period is May/ June.

There are regular assignments, essays and class-based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step.


Entry Requirements

You will need a Merit in the Applied Science BTEC Level 2 Diploma or five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and sciences.

We will interview you to make sure that you can succeed on the course.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.