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Applied Science National Extended Diploma

This two year course is right for you if you are considering a career in science and want to study all of the science disciplines rather than specialising in one subject. This qualification will help you develop scientific knowledge and refine your practical skills to enable you to apply them to a range of real-life settings and work places.

You will study a variety of modules relating to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science. You will be taught practical skills in our well-equipped, modern laboratories. Most of the qualification is assessed by coursework such as writing reports or designing posters. There are also external exams for particular units.

This course is equivalent to studying three A Levels and will give you the opportunity to apply for an undergraduate degree or further professional qualifications in a wide range of Science based/related areas.

At University Centre South Devon you could progress onto one of our Science-based Foundation Degrees including Bioscience or Animal Science and even top up to a BSc. There are also apprenticeship opportunities available at Level 3 and Level 5. Alternatively, you could seek employment in the industry.

If you are aged 19 and over you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to free or reduced course fees. You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment. To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.

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Code Location Dates Day Times Weeks 19+ Fee  
FC Courses marked are full cost with no reductions available.
T2 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
T3 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 3 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
19+ Courses marked may entitle you to an Advanced Learning Loan to help fund your studies, available for learners aged 19 or over.

"I left the army in August 2016 after serving as a front-line medic for 7 years. I decided to visit the college to explore my options as I knew I wanted to pursue a career as a vet. I chose to study an Access to Higher Education course with pathways in Chemistry, Biology and Applied Science - alongside my GCSE maths and English. The staff at the college have been very supportive. Their industry experience and depth of knowledge has been invaluable to my journey. I recently had an interview at the University of Bristol and was offered a place at the School of Veterinary Sciences – one of only 6 in the UK. The college provided me with a stepping stone to my desired career."Rebecca Williams

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We have courses to suit everyone so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for yet, we recommend you take a look at the following courses. We’ve selected these for you based on your interests.

Level 3Applied Science National Extended Diploma

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biology, Chemistry and Applied Science (Pathway A)

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