If you want to apply for a practical-based science degree at university, this is the pathway for you! Applied Science Diploma qualifications are designed to provide specialist, work-related programmes of study that cover the key knowledge and practical skills required in the science sector. They provide an excellent route to employment in the science and health sectors or within organisations that make use of science. The Diploma (plus A Level) is equivalent to two A Levels, while the Extended Diploma (plus two A Levels) is equivalent to three A Levels.
APPLIED SCIENCE DIPLOMA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You would need five GCSEs at grade C (grade 5) or above, including English, Maths and Science.
WHAT DOES THE APPLIED SCIENCE DIPLOMA COURSE INVOLVE?
Applied Science could be studied alongside other A Level subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Psychology.
In the first year of the Applied Science Diploma, you will study:
- Fundamentals of Science
- Working in the Science Industry
- Scientific Practical Techniques
- Perceptions of Science
- Using Mathematical Tools in Science
- Using Statistics in Science
- Chemical Laboratory Techniques.
In the second year, you will study:
- Scientific Investigations
- Using Science in the Workplace
- Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering</li?>
- Practical Chemical Analysis
- Medical Physics Techniques
Extended Diploma students will study nine units in total:
- Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
- Microbiological Techniques and Genetics
in addition to the six taken by Diploma students.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Your diploma work will be assessed entirely by assignments and assessed practicals. Your A Level will be assessed by examination.
DR AVTAR SINGH
- BSc in Physics from Imperial College, PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Postdoctoral research scientist in the National University of Singapore
- A Level & GCSE examiner for various boards