Applied Science Diploma

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 14 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Our BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science is a qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their science education through applied and practical learning, and whose aim is to progress either to university or employment in the science sector. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this programme is ideal for learners who have an interest in either being lab technicians, working in forensic, analytical or biomedical science, becoming a nurse or a paramedic or for learners who want to study general/applied science at University.

This is a two-year course. In Year 1, learners will achieve their Foundation Diploma in Applied Science. In Year 2, they will top-up to the Extended Diploma.

What you will study

Units covered in Year 1:

  • Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3 Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 4 Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Unit 19 Chemical Detection and Analysis
  • Unit 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems

Entry requirements

Individual Subject Entry Requirement CC in Double Award or Merit in BTEC Science

Teaching and assessment

  • The course is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment.

    Internal Assessment

    Internally assessed units comprise of 3-4 coursework assignments completed over the course of the academic year. Each assignment will address a different topic within the unit. All assignments must be submitted via Microsoft Teams by published deadlines to be valid.

    External assessment

    In Year 1, Units 1 and 3 are set and marked by Pearson. Unit 1 comprises three written exams: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Unit 3 is a set task; learners are provided with practical data and assessed on their analytical and evaluation skills.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

14 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

13.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science



Career prospects & further study

Further study – biology, chemistry, biomedical science, forensic science, paramedic science, dentistry, etc.


Laboratory-related workplace

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE