Applied Science Level 3 Full-Time (FHSC)

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code BC8
Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A science course at Barnsley College will broaden your theoretical knowledge through experiments and practical activities. Applied science can lead to work or further study on the science industry.

With the Applied Science Level 3 course, you will be able to further your knowledge in chemistry, physics and biology. During this course you will study advanced science practices and techniques which will prepare you for further study.

You will study in science laboratories and be supported by industry experienced and highly qualified tutors who will support you to reach your full potential and realise your career aspirations. Careers that you may continue into include; biomedical science, chemistry, operating department assistant, paramedic, forensic anthropology, pharmaceutical and allied health professions.


If you want to study or work in science, get practical experience and knowledge of working in a laboratory then the course is perfect for you!

You should have a positive attitude, an enquiring mind and good time management skills to be able to work to coursework targets and deadlines. You will develop scientific practical techniques and learn about working in the science industry. You can also build on skills from Level 2 science such as communication, analytical, evaluative and research skills. It is purely assignment and coursework based, where you will be taught theory sessions and then given an assignment to complete based on the work. This would suit you if you are looking for a course that will develop your organisational abilities and enjoy researching and completing written tasks. 

You will cover core modules such as working in science industry which will give you an overview of different laboratories and areas you may enter. Another core module is scientific practical techniques in which you will carry out investigations and write them up as a laboratory report. In addition a range of option units will be studied which could include topics from biochemistry, chemistry, electricity, mathematical tools in science, microbiology and physiology. Delivery of the course will be through a mixture of theory and practical sessions. 

Units within the qualification cover areas of laboratory science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science. 

How will it be delivered?

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work, which may take several forms e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation, and /or group work. You will also be assessed through examinations. You will need to complete and achieve a minimum of a pass grade for all your assignment work to be awarded the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Applied Science.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, Maths and, preferably, science  (Functional skills English and Maths may be accepted once you have been individually assessed)
  • OR a Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science 
  • A positive reference and excellent attendance record is required

Your next steps...

These can include roles such as:

•Working as a quality control technician/analyst, where the employee works in a production plant laboratory carrying out analytical tests using modern instrumentation, ICT and data interpretation

•Working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of X-ray and other imaging/ scanning equipment

•Working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs. Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products