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Applied Science BDC
Level 3

Applied Science


2 years


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2024





On this 2-year course you'll develop the scientific skills, knowledge and experience needed to take the next step in your career.

The course is equivalent in studying 3 A Levels and will cover a range of subject areas so that you're ready to progress to employment, an apprenticeship or to degree-level study!

As part of the course you'll gain 35-40 hours of relevant work experience, which will prepare you for the world of work. You may already have an idea of where you'd like to complete your placement, but we can also support you to find exciting work experience opportunities.

You'll study 6 units in Year 1, including:

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Lab Techniques
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Diseases and Infections

You'll cover 7 units in Year 2, including:

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Contemporary issues in Science
  • An investigative project

You will complete practical activities, coursework, assignments, external exams and an investigative project.

You'll need at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or higher for entry onto this course. You'll need to have grade 5 or above in Science, and grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths.

On completion of this course you'll be awarded a Level 3 qualification in Applied Science, which will set you up for further study at university, an apprenticeship or a career in science industries.

You could progress to university to specialise in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography, dentistry, nursing or other science related subject.

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.