BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

Course: BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science
Code: QSNFL3SCI1/F010H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 04/09/2017 to 29/06/2018
Hours/week: 13.50
Weeks: 34



01606 74444

What is the programme structure?

The BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science consists of 10 different units of science study, delivered largely through lectures, practical work and investigations. There are 6 core units and 4 specialist units. During the course you will take units in:

• Fundamentals of Science
• Working in the Science Industry;
• Scientific Investigation
• Scientific Practical Techniques
• Maths tools for Science Technicians
• Statistics for Science Technicians
• Physiology of Human Body Systems
• Chemistry for Biology Technicians; Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Who is the programme for?

For people who have a keen interest in Applied Science, in particular biology and chemistry. If you want to gain a range of laboratory practical skills which are directly transferable into the workplace, then the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Applied Science is for you. It is a qualification designed to offer the student a choice of routes into Higher Education, Training and Employment. The course is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels but without the requirement to sit high-pressure examinations.

How long does it take to complete?
1 year - equivalent to 1.5 A Levels

What qualifications do I need?

For the National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (1 year) you will need a minimum of: i) 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C ii) or a Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science (Merit), iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Merit), To help your employability skills, the college structures the timetable to allow students who have not achieved grade C in Maths or English GCSE to study it alongside the BTEC L3. We can discuss what suits your needs at your interview.

What does it include?

This course includes a Study Programme to provide learners with a coherent and enriching curriculum which will provide them with the academic, social and employability skills to progress to further or higher education or employment. The content of the study programme is designed to broaden the learner experience beyond the main qualification of study. The key theme of Study Programmes at Level 3 will be the development of personal, social and enterprise skills to enable progression to higher levels of study or employment. As well as your core qualification you will study GCSE or Functional Skills in English or Maths plus English and maths development as part of the core qualification. Learners will also undertake personal progress planning and pastoral education. Plus additional personal development activity which will include work experience and projects.

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The College has specially equipped science laboratories and a dedicated team of highly qualified tutors and technicians.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Course Book BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science (ISBN 978-1-846906-80-0) There will be additional costs for laboratory coat (purchase independently), consumables/visits £60 per year. You may qualify for remission of these costs.

How is the programme assessed?
10 units, assessed by a large number of assignments continually throughout the year. There are no external examinations, with the exception of English and Maths depending on your entry qualification grades.

What award will I achieve?
BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

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What can I do next?

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Training or Employment. Successful completion of the course will show that you have developed a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in Science, as well as the transferable skills of communication, IT, self-motivation and team work, which are important to employers

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith. The College supports the government initiative ‘Every Child Matters’ and ‘Youth Matters’ and all courses include elements which contribute to students achieving the five outcomes, namely, being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444 alternatively visit the website or email For students aged 19 years and over at the start of the course please contact the college for further information on the course fee.

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