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This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and covers the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigation and practical techniques, perceptions of science and application of numbers. You will also study mathematics, statistics, human physiology, microbiology techniques, genetics and genetic engineering, medical physics techniques, electrical circuits, chemical reactions, chemical periodicity, and organic chemistry. You will have a 2-week science-related work placement.

  • About the Course

    You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will focus on a particular area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

    You will study 6 core units:

    • The fundamentals of science
    • Working in the science industry
    • Scientific investigation
    • Scientific practical techniques
    • Perceptions of science
    • Application of numbers for science technicians.

    You will then complete 13 specialist units, including:

    • Mathematics for science technicians
    • Statistics for science technicians
    • Physiology of human body systems
    • Microbiology techniques
    • Genetics and genetic engineering
    • Medical physics techniques
    • Electrical circuits and its industrial applications
    • Industrial applications of chemical reactions
    • Chemical periodicity and its applications
    • Industrial applications of organic chemistry.

    This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

  • Entry Requirements

    At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, one of which must be Science or a Level 2 science qualification with a merit or distinction or a Level 2 science qualification with a merit or distinction. Please note: You must have at least a pass at Grade 3 for GCSE Maths to be enrolled on this course. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Progression

    The HND in Applied Biology at West Thames College, or a degree at university such as BSc Biomedical Science, Radiography, Pharmacology or Forensic Science. If you wish to get a job straight away, you can find employment as a technician in areas such as research laboratories in pharmacies, hospital laboratories, environmental science laboratories, school and college laboratories as well as forensic science laboratories.

  • Assessment Method
    The course is assessed by means of assignments which are graded and examination and you will also receive an overall grade for the qualification. The units Workplace practices and ICT and Laboratory management information systems contribute towards the externally assessed integrated vocational assignment.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


Course Info

Courses for 16-18 years

Full Time

Level 3

Location Isleworth

Start Date 02/09/2024

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science


Dr. Anjana Pal
Lecturer in Chemistry & Biology, Curriculum Leader, HND Applied Biology

“I have 18 years of experience in Biology and Science. I have a PHD in Cytogenetics. I enjoy working with students of varied backgrounds and capabilities, supporting any learning needs. I specialise in HND Biology with specialisation in Genetics and Biochemistry”

Dr. Anjana Pal

Halima Taoual
Applied Biology HND

Halima completed the HND and progressed to third year in Biomedical Science at Greenwhich University and successfully graduated. She is currently doing her Masters at Greenwich and looking forward to working in Genomic Medicine in the future.

Halima Taoual
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