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Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Level(s) of Study: Further education
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in a full range of scientific principles. It covers a wide range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to develop practical laboratory skills. You will also learn the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigation.

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  • Brackenhurst is set in stunning countryside just a bus ride away from Nottingham city centre, next to the town of Southwell.
  • At Brackenhurst, you’ll have access to incredible facilities. These include an Animal Unit, Equestrian Centre, laboratories, library and gardens and fields that are overflowing with plants and wildlife.
  • Studying with us means that you’ll be a part of an amazing learning environment. You get all the perks of being part of a big university, but you will still enjoy the comforts of a friendly college.

What you’ll study

This course is for anyone interested in a future career in the science industry. You’ll put theory into practice with hands-on laboratory experience.

Principles and applications of science

This unit covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. Topic areas include cells, tissues, atomic structure and bonding, chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses and waves and their application in communications.

Practical scientific procedures and techniques

You will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.

Science investigation skills

You will study the stages involved and practise the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, and draw scientific conclusions and evaluations.

Laboratory techniques and their application

You will learn the importance of health and safety in work place laboratories, how data is stored and communicated and how organic liquids and solids are made and tested industrially.

You will also study a range of other optional modules covering Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology or Biomedical Science.

Principles and applications of science

This unit builds on and extends the range of key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics covered in year 1. Topic areas include: organic and inorganic compounds; enthalpy changes; human body systems and functions; cell transport mechanisms; thermal physics; physical properties of materials; and fluids in motion.

Investigative project

You will develop the understanding and skills required to undertake an investigative project in a topic area that interests you.

Contemporary issues in science

You will explore contemporary science issues and their impact on the world we live in, developing your skills of analysis and interpretation.

You will also study a range of other optional modules covering Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology or Biomedical Science.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Charlotte Waterfield

Applied Science

I get along really well with my tutors they are honestly the loveliest people I have met.

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How you’re taught

You’ll learn in our fantastic facilities and be taught by tutors who have experience of working within the industry. The course is a combination of theory and practical work. You will be taught through lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations and laboratory sessions. You’ll also get to go on trips to industry and have contact with employers.

You will also have the opportunity to carry out your own work experience with support from our employability team.

How you’ll be assessed

You'll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, practical assessments, and external exams.

Careers and employability

After completing this course there are a number of options and routes that you can take. You could choose to continue your studies and go onto a higher education course or pursue a career in the science industry.

You will develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, the Investigative Project and Contemporary Issues in Science units allow you to demonstrate the ability to plan, research, present data, and communicate your findings.

If you are successful and achieve the right combination of results, you’ll be able to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science or BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology degrees right here at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus. You'll also be able to progress on to various science degrees at NTU's Clifton Campus including BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, BSc (Hons) Chemistry, BSc (Hons) Physics and BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences.

Future careers within the science industry include:

  • laboratory technician
  • health care scientist
  • biomedical scientist
  • analytical chemist
  • research scientist
  • food scientist
  • radiographer
  • medical technician
  • vet nurse
  • physiotherapist

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Study a science course at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus and you’ll have access to some fantastic facilities.

The campus has several fully equipped laboratories. This include a microbiology laboratory and a chemistry laboratory. You’ll use the labs for hands-on, practical lessons during your studies.

As well as your subject-specific facilities, you’ll also find:

  • a library
  • modern classrooms and teaching areas
  • our careers and employability service
  • a dining room and catering options
  • social and chill-out spaces.

Entry requirements

For 2023 entry you'll need:

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above including:
    • Science
    • Maths or English Language (with the other subject at grade 3 / D or above).
  • We will accept students with grade 3 / D in Maths or English Language where the other subject is at least grade 4 / C. You will need to complete Maths or English Language GCSE retakes as a mandatory part of your study programme.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

You will also be required to attend an interview.

Applications are welcome from mature and international students.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299.

We welcome applications from international students. Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 to discuss how your qualifications match our course requirements.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a Level 2 or 3 course

There are no course fees if you’re aged under 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course.

If you are aged 19+ and applying for a Level 2, Level 3 or Access to Higher Education course

If you’re studying your first full Level 3 or Access to Higher Education qualification you may be eligible for free tuition. You will still need to pay the registration fee applicable for your course.

If you are applying for the Level 2 qualification or have already completed a full Level 3 qualification, tuition and registration fees will apply.

To cover the cost of tuition when applying for a Level 3 and Access to Higher Education qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the UK Government. It is easy to apply, your household income is not taken into account and there is no credit check. You will not have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,000.

Please visit fees and funding information for more information.

Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on fees and funding.

How to apply

Applying is really easy. Follow our step-by-step guide below.

Fill in an application form

  • Download an application form. Remember to show your passion for your chosen subject in your personal statement.
  • Provide contact details for two referees - usually one teacher from your current School or College and one character reference which could refer to any volunteering, work experience or hobbies you may have (i.e. Sea Scouts, sports clubs etc.). Alternatively, this can be a long standing family friend or neighbour.

Come for an interview

  • If you meet the criteria for the course, we’ll invite you in for an interview. We’ll send you details of what will happen on the day in advance through the post. Don’t panic! Our tutors are really friendly and will help you to do your best.

Get your offer

  • We’ll write to you and let you know how you got on at the interview. Hopefully we’ll be able to offer you a place on the course. This offer might be conditional on your upcoming exam results – for example GCSEs.

Accept your offer

  • You need to tell us that you want to accept your offer of a place by returning your confirmation slip to us or calling us on 0115 848 5299.

Get your exam results

  • If you’re taking GCSEs or other exams, you’ll get your results over the summer. Once you’ve got your results you need to let us know what they are. Then we can confirm your place.

Start at Brackenhurst

  • We’ll send out all the information you need to start with us in the post at the end of August. We hold an enrolment day in the first week of September. This allows you to get your student ID and start meeting your new friends and tutors.

Any questions?

Just drop us a line – we’re here to help every step of the way. You can email us or give us a call on 0115 848 5299.

Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on how to apply.