Level 3 Applied Science

Over a two year course you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of Chemical, Biochemical and Microbiological Laboratory Techniques, Genetics, Physiology and Applied Chemistry. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto Higher Education or employment in the science industry.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    This course develops your understanding of scientific theory and skills, and coupled with experimental techniques helps you to be successful in either employment or at university.

    You will study a range of biological and chemistry based subjects which include:

    • human physiology
    • microbiology
    • genetics and genetic engineering
    • astronomy and medical physics


    Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to perform a variety of biology and chemistry experimental work, and will also learn how to work safely within a laboratory environment and to use Maths and statistics to analyse experimental data.

  • Entry Requirements

    For our Advanced Vocational courses our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade C/Level 4 including either Maths or English Language at Level 4 or above, and no less than a Level 3 in the other.

    Some courses and subjects will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be required to produce scientific laboratory reports and analyse and evaluate results to reach conclusions.

  • Progression Pathway

    Students can progress directly into laboratory- based work such as a lab technician or other careers where science is required e.g. dental nursing or pharmaceutical researcher. Many of our students also progress to university:

    • UCLan – Chemistry, Biology-related courses, Adult Nursing
    • Bangor – Marine Biology, Zoology
    • Manchester – Microbiology
    • Lancaster – Biomedicine and Biochemistry
    • Myerscough College – Veterinary Nursing
  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.