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Applied Science (Analytical and Forensic Science) (Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / National Extended Diploma)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This fascinating course enables the exploration of laboratory and field techniques of the applied scientist. It will provide you with a wide range of essential knowledge, skills and practical techniques for the science sector or further study. Learners can exit at the end of Year 1, obtaining a National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science or progress onto Year 2, to achieve the full National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Analytical and Forensic Science). The course has a strong focus on the application of theory to real-life industrial settings and will deepen your science knowledge, allowing the opportunity for progression pathways in employment and further study in a range of applied science areas. This course is combined of both external and internal assignments. Within the course there are forensic science units which allow an insight into this specialist area as well as a combination of other optional modules (subject to change). There are opportunities for project development and to enter World Skills competitions. Learners should expect to attend classes delivered over 4 days per week.
  • Start Date
    2 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Analytical and Forensic Science)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 02/09/2024

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation
  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Principles and Application of Science II
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Forensics Evidence, Collection and Analysis
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) including a Science subject, English and Maths

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade 05 or above) including a Science subject, plus English and Maths; OR Leaving Cert Applied - (Merit) to include one Science elective module.

Work Placement


What's Next?

Further Study

This course provides the equivalent of 3 A Levels. You can progress to a range of Higher Education courses such as the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences or onto BSc Hons or MSc degree programmes such as Forensic Science, Criminology, Analytical Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Veterinary Science, Radiography, Environmental Science, as well as traditional routes such as biology, chemistry and physics HE courses. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant Science courses. It also provides the skills for direct route into employment within the science sector or higher level apprenticeships.

Career Prospects

A qualification in applied science will help you to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to work in a broad range of jobs in this industry. These could include Agricultural Research Scientist, Ambulance Paramedic, Analytical Scientist, Audiologist, Biochemist, Biologist, Biomedical Scientist, , Chemical Engineer, Chemical Plant Process Operator, Dental Nurse, Food Scientist, Health and Safety Inspector, Laboratory Technician, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist etc. Both the Science Council and the Royal Society of Chemistry endorse the course as a qualification that can lead to professional recognition as a registered science technician.


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