Applied Science

NQF Foundation Diploma, Year 1 , 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.”


“So the tutors are great for a number of reasons – they’re casual, you don’t feel like you’re being forced to do anything that’s uncomfortable, they’re not strict, they’ll have a laugh with you if you want to and they know how to get stuff done when they need to if we’re on a bit of a time crunch, but they also know how to have a bit of fun and not put pressure on you – and they’re great, they’re always there to give you information if you need it for at-home tasks and they’re always on Google Hangouts to message you if you need anything and they get back to you really quickly.”


“When I first came I didn’t know anybody at the college but because it’s people you’re surrounded by and people with similar interests to you, you do make friends quickly and you make really close friendships with people because you’re listening to the same things and you’re going through the same things, and you can help each other as well.”


Did you know!

  • 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.
  • By 2024, the science, engineering, and production technician sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 2.3%. (EMSI, 2019)

Course Information


Get your knowledge down to a science with this useful course that strengthens your technical and transferable skills.

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Please note the Fees(Adult) may be free depending on student circumstances, please enquire for more information.


From infectious diseases and their cures to the gripping world of astronomy – you’ll find a whole host of science that springs to life on this foundation diploma. You’ll develop scientific techniques and conduct experiments, all while sharpening your communication, analytical and research skills. You’ll also gain technical and transferable skills that will stand you in good stead as your education and career progresses. This course provides you with a BTEC NQF Foundation Diploma that’s equivalent to one and a half A levels.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone in years 11 or 12 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 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 12: Diseases and Infections

Unit 16: Astronomy

Benefits and skills

  • Navigate the laboratory using appropriate techniques.
  • Utilise scientific techniques to conduct experiments.
  • Strengthen your science investigative skills.
  • Boost your communication, analytical, evaluative, and research skills.
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    • Study a range of topics, including astronomy and infectious diseases
    • Utilise scientific techniques to conduct practical experiments
    • Strengthen your research and investigative skills
    • Gain lifelong technical and transferable skills
    • Study and work in professional laboratories
    • Analyse and identify contemporary scientific issues
    • Improve your analytical, critical thinking and communication skills

    Entry requirements

    Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English, maths and science.

    Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

    Progression may include a second year of study to achieve the full Extended Diploma or relevant employment.

    Course details

    Duration: 1 year
    Start Date: 02/09/2024
    Fees (16-18): No fee
    Study Type: Full time
    Course Code: 74943-01
    Fees (Adult): £2,727 plus exam fee of £155

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

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