BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Code: SCQAA021BCF0
Course Level: Level 3

Where will this course lead?

The Foundation Diploma in Applied Science is the core qualification studied in the first year of a Level 3 Programme of Study in Applied Science. It is the perfect qualification for students who want to continue their studies in science beyond Level 2 or GCSE and provides a solid foundation of learning across all science disciplines before an optional pathway is chosen in year two.

Successful learners will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science after the first year, choosing a specialist pathway relevant to their long term ambitions. A full Extended Diploma in Applied Science provides access to a wide range of University-level courses, or entry into employment within the science industry.

The Foundation Diploma combines the key areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to give you a well-rounded practical and theoretical understanding of the Applied Sciences. A significant amount of time will be spent developing your practical laboratory skills, which will allow you to progress with confidence into technical-based employment or Higher Education science programmes.

What will I study?

While on the Foundation Diploma, you will study Units covering a variety of topics:

- Principles and Applications of Science 1
- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Science Investigation Skills
- Laboratory Techniques and their Application
- Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
- Electrical Circuits and their Application

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered through a series of 6 Units, composed of both practical and theoretical components.

Delivery will be through student-centred lessons, complemented by interactive, computer-based activities and laboratory work.

What qualifications will I get?

After successful completion of the first year, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science, which is equivalent in size to 3 AS-levels.

After successful completion of the second year, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science, equivalent in size to 3 A-levels

How will I be assessed?

Of the 6 Units studied in the first year, 4 are achieved by completing assignments, which are set and marked internally by your tutors. This coursework is assessed against Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria to determine an overall grade for each Unit. One Unit is assessed by means of an externally-set examination. One further Unit is assessed through completion of an externally-set project, based on a scientific investigation.

How do I get a place on the course?

You will need to submit an application form and attend an interview.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements are normally:

- GCSE grade C (or 4) or above in
o Mathematics*
o English Language*
o Science (3 sciences or double award)
o a Merit grade or above in BTEC Level 2 Diploma / Extended Certificate in Applied Science

* Applicants with only Mathematics or English at the required level, but a Level 1 /
2 Functional Skill, or a GCSE Grade D / 3 in the other subject will considered and required to study towards their missing qualification within their course

Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In special cases, a diagnostic assessment may be completed.

What else do I need to know?

You will undertake a wide range of practical investigations, through which good laboratory practice will be developed.

All laboratory safety equipment will be provided by the College.

You will undertake a 1 week work placement during each year of the course.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability or Additional Educational Need, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can also assist you with this.
Fees are not applicable to 16-18 year olds.

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?
You are expected to have your own scientific calculator.

You may wish to purchase a recommended textbook to accompany the course.

You may be required to make set contributions towards educational trips and/or travel expenses to local events.

Solihull College offers full-time and part-time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

If you are successful (with at least a Merit grade) on this course, you will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science, which will then allow you to access University-level courses in scientific disciplines, including our Foundation Degree in Applied Biosciences.


Solihull College & University Centre, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SB, Tel: 0121 678 7000, Minicom: 0121 628 7005, Email:, Internet:

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
Start Date
Course Fee

Blossomfield Campus

September 2017



Not Applicable to 16-18 year olds