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Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

Course Code: FDAS

Level: 3
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: BTEC
Qualification: BTEC, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

About the course

Be an innovator, inventor or world changer! In the UK and worldwide, we need paramedics, inventors, engineers, chemists and scientists and this a great route into science, engineering and health careers. The Foundation Diploma in Applied Science at City College Plymouth is a practical, hands-on one year course that is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. You can choose to combine it with another course or carry on to complete a second year, giving you a qualification accepted by universities and equivalent to three A Levels. Throughout the year, you’ll study aspects of all the sciences – chemistry, physics and biology. You’ll also benefit from the College’s many links with local employers including the NHS, Plymouth University and the Naval Service Recovery Centre based at HMS Drake. When you successfully complete the course, you’ll be part of our community of successful former students progressing to degree courses at City College Plymouth or studying degrees such as biomedical science, nursing, paramedicine, chemistry and forensic science throughout the UK.

What you'll learn

Mandatory units include:

  • principles and applications of science
  • practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • science investigation skills
  • laboratory techniques and their application.You will choose two optional units from the following list:
  • 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
  • electrical circuits and their application
  • astronomy and spacer science
  • microbiology and microbiological techniques
  • industrial chemical reactions
  • practical chemical analysis.
Entry requirements

In our experience, in order to be successful on this level of course you will need to have gained five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above to include maths, English language and science.


You will be assessed via assignments (marked by your lecturers), an exam and a controlled assessment task, which is marked by the awarding body, Pearson.

What's next?

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress on to the second year of study which will allow you to specialise in a range of extended diploma subject areas that are the equivalent of studying three A Levels, including:

  • applied science
  • biomedical science
  • analytical and forensic science
  • physical science

Successful completion of the extended diploma will equate directly into UCAS points and allow for progression onto a wide range of higher education courses, including the Forensic Science Foundation Degrees at City College. Many past students have progressed to degrees in biomedical science, nursing, paramedicine and chemistry.

You may also be able to gain an Apprenticeship within the industry.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: FDAS

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.