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Applied Science - Level 3 - Full-time (Mid Devon)

Level 3
Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
Two years

This programme offers hands on practical science in microbiology, genetics, medical physics, analytical chemistry, maths and also astronomy and anatomy and physiology. You should have a keen interest in investigating science, be able to manage your time effectively so you can complete the associated assignments effectively and also be able to communicate your ideas clearly.

The campus facilities support my studies at Petroc. The course lecturers have provided a great range of information and relevant work experience which have developed my skills for future progression beyond the course. - Former student, Kyusu Ntentbunga


Some of the units are compulsory whilst the remaining units will be selected to ensure a breadth of experiences across maths and science.

The compulsory units studied include:
- Fundamentals of Science
- Working in the Science Industry
- Scientific Investigations
- Scientific Practical Techniques
- Perceptions of Science
- Using Mathematical Tools in Science

Optional unit choices include:
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Practical Chemical Analysis
- Astronomy
- Medical Physics Techniques

The range of units will provide you with an excellent grounding for your future science based career.

Students will also access electronic resources to develop their digital skills.
Internal assessments are varied allowing learners to develop their transferable skills. Learners will be asked to produce presentations, leaflets, posters, written and word processed assignments, short practical reports, longer practical investigations, field trips, industry visits, research tasks and others. These assignments all go to make up your portfolio. Some of the units are assessed externally.

Each unit is graded against specific assessment criteria as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. You are given a number of points depending upon the grade you obtain for the unit. The total number of points for all units are added together at the end of the course and used to decide the overall grade for the course. For example, a student achieving three distinction grades will achieve the equivalent number of UCAS points, as three grade As at A-level.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent, including English Language and Maths. You will also need a minimum of grade 4 in Additional Science, Applied Science, or separate sciences, or a minimum of a Merit in a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science.
Students who have successfully completed this course have gone on to study degrees in a wide range of subjects including biology, biochemistry, forensic science, environmental health, paramedicine, nursing and midwifery. Students can also progress into apprenticeships or employment in scientific laboratories e.g. hospital, analytical chemistry and pharmaceutical laboratories.
We have separate specialist laboratory facilities for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All the laboratories are extremely well resourced with excellent technician support. All teaching rooms are equipped with visualisers, interactive SMART boards and laptops.
Students are required to provide their own scientific calculator and stationery.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: What happens if I need help with my assignments?
A: All learners are given regular 1:1 support from their lecturers. In addition, study hall/workshops are arranged throughout the year, these sessions will be used to support learners in completing assignments.

Q: Is the course delivered on every day of the week?
A: We make every effort to timetable over three days to enable students to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and work experience alongside their studies.

Q: Do I need to buy any text books/resources?
A: All learning materials are provided by the programme team, however there are text books that mirror the course and we recommend that learners do buy a copy of the course text book. Details of the book will be given in your induction week.

Q: Are there any additional costs?
A: Students undertake a variety of optional trips and activities for which there may be a small cost for travel. For example, all learners are given the opportunity to visit local science laboratories.