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Applied Science

Applied Science - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the Level 3 BTEC entry requirements you will need GCSE Science grade 4

Course Introduction:

The BTEC level 3 Applied Science course is ideally suited to students who wish to continue with science study, but prefer to be assessed by producing a portfolio of coursework. There are no examinations in this course.
You will learn about important scientific principles and practical techniques. You will find out how science is used in the workplace and what it is like to work in the science industry. You will develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in a wide variety of science based organisations, but the course will also appeal to students who have no definite career plan at present, but just enjoy and are interested in science.
Whether your interest lies in sport science, forensics, health care, primary teaching or laboratory work, to mention just a few possibilities, the BTEC level 3 in Applied Science could be for you.

Course Modules:

Year 1

At the end of this year, you will have a BTEC level 3 Certificate in Applied Science. There are 3 units to study:

Fundamentals of Science
You will learn how to measure quantities for chemical reactions. You will be able to select equipment to study different types of cells. You will investigate energy transfer and learn to communicate your ideas clearly.

Working in the Science Industry
You will know how procedures are followed and communicated in the scientific workplace and be able to design a scientific laboratory. You will learn about laboratory information management systems and be able to demonstrate safe working practices in the scientific workplace.

Scientific Practical Techniques
You will be able to use a variety of analytical techniques. You will do experiments to separate and assess the purity of substances and will use a variety of instruments and sensors.

Year 2

At the end of this year, you will have a BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. There are a further 3 units to study. These will be chosen from a large selection which includes:

Biochemistry and biochemical techniques which studies the chemistry of living things.

Physiology of the Human Body which investigates how the human body functions.

Genetics and genetic engineering which studies inheritance and how a knowledge of genetics can be used in industry.

Science for Environmental Technicians which investigates the role of scientists in environmental studies.

Geology of Natural Resources which looks at the science of the Earth we live on.


There are no examinations in this course. You are assessed on the portfolio of work that you produce during the course

Career Opportunities:

BTEC level 3 in Applied Science provides an ideal qualification, alongside other A level or BTEC qualifications, for entry to University for a whole range of different science based degree courses. Examples include sports science, forensics, nursing and other health care professions. It is also a good qualification for students wishing to study primary teaching.

Some students choose to go directly into employment in science based industries and the armed forces.