School of Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science Year 2 NQF- Top Up

Follow up your foundation course with a top-up diploma in Applied Science - the next step towards your science career.

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Level 3 Access to HE Diploma: Environmental and Climate Science

This course is for you if you are passionate about the Earth and all it encompasses. With this qualification, you will acquire knowledge of fie...

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Level 3 Access to HE Diploma: Science

If are returning to education and hope to study science at degree level, this course is for you. You’ll deepen your understanding of biology ...

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About the School

The School of Applied Science prepares future scientists, technicians and researchers by allowing them to develop their theoretical and practical knowledge in various branches of science. Students can conduct experiments and gain practical skills in cutting-edge laboratories.


Wet laboratories, dry laboratories, brand new science equipment and lab coats, and use of University Centre Leeds’ industry standard facilities.


What are the progression routes from these courses?

Progression routes are available from Level 2 through to Level 3 within the department. University Centre Leeds also offers a degree in Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences as a further progression route for Level 3 students.

What can my child do after studying Applied Science?

Students gain practical experience of working in a laboratory as well as academic and practical knowledge of chemistry, physics and biology. A science qualification can lead to opportunities in the health, pharmaceutical, land, environmental, and sport and fitness industries. There are also jobs for technicians and scientists in the science sector.

Can my child go to university after studying Applied Science Award Level 2?

Your child would need to look at studying a Level 3 course to be able to progress to university. An example is the Applied Science BTEC Diploma Level 3 or the Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science. Upon completion of a Level 3 qualification, your child could then progress to university. The Access to HE qualification is widely accepted by many universities as a route to entry.

What is the difference between an Applied Science BTEC and Science A level?

Typically vocational qualifications are much more practical based so with an Applied Science BTEC you’ll get plenty of hands on learning. A levels are usually more theoretical and academic focused.

Which campus is Applied Science based at?

We are based at Park Lane Campus.


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