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Applied Science - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science Level 3 Year 1

Studying science helps us to understand the world around us. The analytical, evaluative and communication skills that this course will help you to develop are useful in many careers, in and out of the scientific industries.

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Key information

Course code: B1350 Course type: Full-time, International, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Double Science End qualification: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science Level 3 Awarding body: Pearson Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Assessment: Laboratory experiments, written assignments and presentations

Course aims and areas

Do you want to gain the skills and knowledge to work within the science sector? This course, taught by industry-experienced tutors at our Central Campus, will provide you with an overview of the science industry.

The course covers a range of scientific disciplines within biology and chemistry. It provides the academic and practical skills needed for a number of roles in the science industries and beyond.

Course Units

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Scientific Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science

In addition, a further 6 units of study which may include some of the following:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Biomedical Science
  • Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis

Why the MET?

You will have access to our well-resourced science laboratories with specialised scientific equipment.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and the beach.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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Work experience

There will be opportunities to attend external visits to a range of organisations including medical organisations, hospitals and police departments.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students. 

What's next?

Upon successful completion of Year 1 of this Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma you can continue to the Level 3 Extended Diploma. Following Year 2 you can progress your study on a higher education degree course, or foundation degree in science, public and emergency service management, as well as other related subject areas.

After completing the course you will be able to seek employment in the police force, other investigative agencies, fire investigation, insurance fire accident assessment and private investigation. 

Future careers include:

  • Bio-technologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Fire investigator
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist

  • Access to well-resourced laboratories
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

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