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Applied Science (Forensic and Analytical Pathway) - Level 3 Triple Diploma


The Extended Diploma in Applied Science programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the national developments in Science.

This programme will help your development in terms of knowledge application and experimental / practical science techniques.

Students will develop a range of analytical and scientific skills and practical techniques of enquiry to enable them to apply knowledge and understanding to the workplace.

During the course, students will be given the opportunity to identify and solve problems and will be able to communicate their arguments and analysis in a range of ways to different audiences as well as promoting Lifelong Learning which is a key component of the course.

The Science team comprises of an enthusiastic team of academically and industrially experienced staff who are highly committed to the success of their students and to the overall success of the course.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
2 Years

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

The course has been developed with support from industry so that modules meet learner and employer requirements.

A number of industry guest speakers are invited in throughout the course and some employers may also provide work placement opportunities for our students.

This course will enable students to progress onto an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in a wide range of Science based/related areas. We have well-developed working relationships with a wide range of employers, through which we help and support learners into sustainable employment.

Successful learners may also wish to convert this qualification into a full Honours degree by progressing to our FD/BSc Honours in Human Bioscience, FD/BSc Honours in Marine Biology & Coastal Zone Management or FD/BSc Environmental Science (Wastes, Resources and Technology) all taught at the University Centre in central Blackpool.

Last year over 95% of students from this course gained a place on Higher Education courses.

Key information

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including maths along with the following:

  • A successful interview with a tutor
  • The ability to study independently
  • A genuine interest in the subject
  • Good communication skills
  • Hardworking approach towards the industry

All 16-18 year-old applicants will be invited to attend an interview to meet a tutor and ask any questions they may have about the course.

Qualification obtained

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Fees and funding

Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our page on Financial Support for School Leavers for more information.

Extra costs and equipment

All the equipment and resources you need, including field trips, are provided by B&FC at no extra cost.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Pearson

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Essential skills: English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme.

At B&FC, this won't delay your career journey because you're working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

As part of this course, you will be supported in completing a relevant work placement (minimum 20 hours).

Our strong employer relationships allow you to gain valuable experience that will aid your future career potential.

All planned field trips are included at no additional cost.

How will I learn?

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, designed to emphasise the link between knowledge and application.

These include lectures, demonstrations, practical investigations, seminars, workshops, tutorials, project work, supervised independent learning, open and resource-based learning, e-learning and work placements.

Teaching is both tutor-led and student-led, with group work playing a part as well as individual learning to provide a well-rounded learning experience that caters to different learning styles.

The course comprises 400 hours of lectures and you will be expected to devote an additional 100 hours to blended (online) learning.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules the deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

You will cover the following mandatory modules as part of this course:

  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Perceptions of Science
  • Using Mathematical Tools in Science
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Using Science in the Workplace
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems