MCAST Advanced Diploma in Applied Science

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Applied Science

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MCAST Advanced Diploma in Applied Science
Course Code AS4-A2-15
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years on apprenticeship
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Diploma in Applied Science


4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes from English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design and Technology

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This course is designed for students who wish to embark on a scientific and technological career in a range of possible industries and professions such as within petrochemical, life sciences, health, pharmaceutics,  environment and general engineering. The programme contains a wide range of science and technology units that reflect aspects of employment within science-based organizations.

Students will learn to appreciate how the fundamental principles of science relate to the technological operations of the workplace. They will develop the skills to work in a laboratory environment, manufacturing industry, to work with environmental technologies and methodologies, and to apply basic engineering principles within the workplace.

Study/Course Delivery During this two-year programme students will follow 18 units of study and will be on an apprenticeship scheme. Students will follow a structured taught programme that will consist of class-based lectures, attending lectures on three days per week and work placement on the remaining two days per week, except for the summer periods where students will solely attend work placement. Students will choose their specialist options in the second year, choosing either Option A for Electrical Engineering, or Option B for Environmental Engineering or Option C for Mechanical Engineering
Assessment All units within this programme are locally assessed through a number of formal assessments. For each unit of study a limited number of assessments (between 2 to 4) will also be carried out by learners to provide evidence of their learning. Learners will be assesed on their knowledge, skills and compenteces they have attained through various modes of assessments which include practical assessments. Furthermore, learners will be assessed by designated mentors whilst on apprenticeship.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Follow and communicate procedures in the scientific workplace.

2. Use scientific techniques to understand technological processes within an organization.

3. Understand how science-based organizations develop products and deliver services.

4. Understand the requirements of science technicians in an organization.

Core Study Units
  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Investigations
  • Perceptions of Science
  • Microbiological Techniques Practical
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Science for Environmental Technicians
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Resource-Based Training
  • Work-Based Module
Specialist Units Choice of one of the following 2 specialist streams)

1. Electrical Engineering:

Energy Changes, Sources and Applications

Electrical Circuits and their Applications

2. Environmental Engineering:

Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation

Supplementary Units
Supporting Units Key Skills
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Engineering
Career Opportunities
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Scientific officer