Applied Science - Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Science

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This applied science Level 3 course will help you develop practical skills in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, and apply them to real working situations.

The programme uses a hands-on approach with access to specialist, industry standard equipment and facilities such as a clean room to simulate a real working environment and prepare you for employment in the science sector.

The one year 90-Credit Diploma in Applied Science is equivalent to 1.5 A2 Levels or 3 AS Levels. The course is spilt into four sections which contain Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Maths and Social Science.

Once you have completed this course you can progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A2 levels.

Course enrichment
• Last year students designed and carried out science experiments in local primary schools, providing exciting lessons to young children, and gaining valuable experience in teaching and science communication.
• Our links with Procter and Gamble offer exciting work placements and internships whilst CY Partners deliver guest lectures on the careers available within the industry.
• Students regularly visit employers to understand the demands of the science industry and to see how science is applied in practice. Visits have included Thomas Swan, Piramal and Nestlé. 
• Students have enoyed field trips to The Eden Project in London and the STEM conference at The Discovery Museum.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 6 Months
Venue: Rutherford Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This qualification is perfect for school leavers that want to gain the practical skills needed to work in the science sector alongside the underpinning knowledge and theory of scientific concepts.

The large majority of our students progress onto Higher Education and the rest tend to go straight into employment.

It is recommended that prospective students research their desired career/university course to ensure that this is the right course for them.

Qualification Gained

BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Applied Science which can attract a maximum of 210 UCAS points.  Usually students would then progress to a BTEC Level 3 180-Credit Extended Diploma which would give a combined total of 420 UCAS points.

This is part of the Edexcel BTEC Nationals in Applied Science framework.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

There are a total of 10 units studied and detailed descriptions can be found on the Edexcel website.

The units are:

  • 1 – Fundamentals of Science
  • 2 – Working in the Science Industry
  • 3 – Scientific Investigation
  • 4 – Scientific Practical Techniques
  • 5 – Perceptions of Science
  • 6 – Using Mathematical Tools in Science
  • 8 – Using Statistics in Science
  • 11 – Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • 22 – Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • 34 – Criminal Psychology

The course is spilt into five sections which contain Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Maths, Industry and Social Science alongside a PPR session which is a total of 16.5 hours per week for 36 weeks for the September start but four and a half days a week for the January start.

For some weeks, students are taken off timetable and into industry so that they can complete the Working in the Science Industry unit. This experience is also really useful for job applications or UCAS applications.

Learning Methods

This course is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical work, demonstrations and work shops.

Assessment Methods

This course is coursework based however the coursework may take the form of a test.

This is the lecturer’s choice however the main forms of assessment are written assignments, assessed practical’s and powerpoint presentations.

Progression Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this course normally progress to a one year top up to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science where they specialise in either Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Forensics or Medicine depending on how popular each strand is.

Students can also progress directly onto a foundation degree or honours degrees however this is dependent upon the number of UCAS points gained from this course and previous courses.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are 5 GCSEs grades A-C including English and Maths with Science at a B grade (C will be accepted and discussed at meeting with course tutor).

Students for whom English is not their first language must have gained an IELTS score of at least 5.5.

Any borderline candidates must attend an interview with a member of the Vocational Science team (0191 200 4466).

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
+44 191 226 6323 or email