Applied Science

BTEC Diploma , Level 3
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What Our Students Say

“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”


I think I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve had to make new friendships, especially because I didn’t know anyone coming in – but after the first few weeks I think I’ve adapted to it really well.


“Because I’ve got autism and I’d sometimes have trouble understanding things – because I need stuff breaking down into detail and explaining to me in a perfect way, in a much more understanding way, I have tutors that understand me a bit more.”


Did you know!

  • By 2024, the science, engineering and production technician sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 2.3%. (EMSI, 2019)
  • A qualification in science can lead to a whole host of opportunities in health-related industries, the pharmaceutical industry, land-based industries, environmental work, and sport and fitness.

Course Information


Work towards a STEM career with this exciting Applied Science course that upgrades your Extended Certificate to a Diploma.

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As a second-year student, you’ll expand on your scientific knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, diseases and infections. You’ll explore key and interesting topics such as biological molecules and metabolic pathways, as well as studying and discussing contemporary issues in today’s science world. You’ll also learn about experimental design and statistical analysis, and will walk away with a diploma that’s equivalent to two A levels.

Who is this course for?

This course is for first year learners who are moving into their second year of study on the Applied Science course and looking to take the next step towards a career in science. It is particularly ideal for individuals who want to combine academic study with practical skills, study in professional-standard facilities and take advantage of our industry links.

Course units/modules

  • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Applications
  • Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Unit 6: Investigative Project
  • Unit 21: Medical Physics Applications

Benefits and skills

  • Analyse and identify contemporary scientific issues
  • Gain knowledge of applications of organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Study specialist areas such as diseases, astronomy, genetics and biological modules
  • Conduct practical work in professional laboratories
  • Improve your analytical, investigative and critical thinking skills

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English or Maths, as well as a pass in the first-year Applied Science Extended Certificate course.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

You will progress to a second year of study to achieve your Diploma and overall Level 3 qualification, or start relevant employment.

Assessment types

A combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed exams.

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 02/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 77479-01
Fees (Adult): £2,445

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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