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Engineering & Science

Applied Science (Biomedical Science) - Level 3 Extended Diploma

Start Date: 2nd September 2024
Code: PFFC02082


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
End date: 5th June 2026
Information Event: Yes

Course fee: FREE (Eligibility criteria may apply)

Successful students automatically progress to the second year of the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science qualification is a two-year programme of study which is equivalent to three A-Levels in applied science.

This programme of study aims to provide learners with the laboratory skills and scientific knowledge they will need to progress on to third level education and careers in science. 

Students that successfully complete year one of this programme will be awarded an Extended Certificate in Applied Science (1 A-Level equivalent) and will progress to year two of the Extended Diploma to complete their studies and achieve the 3 A-Level equivalents.

The subjects covered throughout the two years cover a wide range of STEM topics and aim to provide the learner with a strong foundation in applied science. Project work is an essential component of this course of study through which we aim to enhance the learner’s research, scientific writing, and laboratory practical skills. The programme consists of 13 units over two years which include topics such as:

  • Research Project
  • Practical laboratory skills
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Science


 Students that complete this course progress to university courses in science and healthcare or to employment in the science industry.

p>Applied Science students Ryan and Niamh share their experiences of what it is like to study this course at the College.


Ryan Henry Science Student


Niamh Rafferty Science Student

Special Features

  • An additional level 2 qualification.
  • An annual Biomedical and Nutrition Workshop at Ulster University, Coleraine.
  • UCAS guidance and support through application.
  • Project-based learning.
  • Vocational visits and guest speakers.

Applicants require a minimum of four GCSE which should include a grade C, or above, in Maths and English and CC, or above, in Double Award Science. Students with Single Award Science and GCSE equivalents will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students with a Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science should achieve a Merit or above.

In the event of oversubscription, the college will use the following enhanced criteria:

  • GCSE grade B or above in English and Maths, CC or above in Double Award Science or B in Single Award Science.

Students can expect to progress to a range of Higher Education courses such as the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences or onto BSc Hons or MSc degree programmes such as biomedical science, forensic science, nutrition, radiography, physiotherapy, environmental science, zoology, optometry, biology, microbiology, pathology, marine biology and law.

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant Science courses. It also provides the skills for direct route into employment within the science sector or higher-level apprenticeships.

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This course is also available in other NRC campuses.

Essential Skills

All full-time students at Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and ICT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST complete Essential Skills; this will form a compulsory part of your timetable. If you are planning to go on to further study (for example university), please check if a GCSE qualification (rather than Essential Skills Level 2 equivalent) is required. For those who have a GCSE grade D in Maths or English, we offer a GCSE fast-track course.

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