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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (QCF)


Level 3


The aim of this course is to build upon learners' interest in Science, to develop their skills, deepen their understanding, and prepare them for progression into Higher Education or into employment in the Science industry with a focus on Food Technology. The practical nature of the course is designed to develop learners' practical skills and expertise in the area of applied sciences through hands on experience, case studies and projects.


Duration: Session dependent
Hours per Week: Session dependent
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Course Content

Course Units: Core units comprise of Fundamentals of Science; Working in the Science Industry; Scientific Investigations; Scientific Practical Techniques; Perceptions of Science; Using Mathematical Tools in Science and Using Statistics in Science. Alongside these core units each campus brings its own unique flavour to this programme with renewable energy and food technology in Dungannon, medical science and forensics in Enniskillen and renewables and forensics in Omagh. Learners will study a variety of other units including; Human Biology; Biochemistry and Biomedical Techniques; Forensic Science; Psychology; Food Technology; and Energy Applications.

Assessment Method

As a practically focused, vocational course, assessment will be primarily carried out by the use of projects and coursework assignments throughout the duration of the course. These will offer opportunities to achieve Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria, and will be tracked through the year to form one final grade for each unit and an end of year grade for the overall course, giving UCAS points in the same way as A Level grades. Last year 63% of SWC learners achieved DDD grade or better in this course.

Progression Opportunities

On completion learners may progress to a range of Higher Education courses such as the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences (Enniskillen Campus) or other Honours Degree programmes in Science and related areas. Alternatively, you could move into employment within the science sector.

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Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs, including Science and Maths at Grade C or above. Entry is subject to a successful interview.

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Course Costs

Total Fee Session dependent
Reduced Fee Session dependent

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Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 04 September 2017
Time: 00:00–00:00
Fee: £0.00
Reduced Fee: £0.00
Places Available: 0
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