Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Course Entry Requirements

5 A* – C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of a grade 4/D in GCSE English Language. A minimum of a grade C in GCSE Science or equivalent.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

Year 1

units will include:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science (Examined Unit)
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 8: Physiology
Year 2

units will include:

  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills (Examined Unit)
  • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Applications
  • Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis

What skills do I need?

You will need to show commitment, a strong interest in science subjects and a willingness to learn.

Examining Board


Why should I study this course?

This course provides an exciting and enjoyable pathway through a science qualification to help you either enter employment or proceed to Higher Education in a science subject. It is accessible and provides a range of applied scientific experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, laboratory and industrial science.

It will give you the opportunity to acquire technical and employability skills, transferable knowledge and understanding and it will enable you to have the confidence to apply your learning on a university science course. Depending on the units you take in year two you will have the option to certificate in either Medical Science, Applied Science or Chemistry.

How is the course assessed?

The new BTEC Applied science course is assessed by both exams and coursework. The Foundation Diploma is 40% examination. You will be asked to develop your own assignments and you will be assessed by submitting a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your learning. This assessment approach allows a greater flexibility for ‘assessment for learning’ and you will get feedback on your progress as you provide evidence to meet the grading criteria.

What will this course prepare me for?

This course will provide opportunities for you to become employed in the applied science industry or other businesses that use scientific knowledge and skills. It will also prepare you for Higher Education science courses.

Private Study

Much of the portfolio evidence required in this course relies on independent working and you will need to be able to write up practicals, research new topics and work at home to successfully complete all the requirements. You will also need to revise extensively for the exams both within and outside of the class room.

What materials will I need to provide?

Writing materials including paper. Revision guide. Scientific Calculator

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a whole range of approaches but as you can see from the unit titles much of the work will be practically based and a significant proportion of the learning will arise through these various practical assignments.

BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science is for you if:

You want to extend your scientific experience and knowledge and you are prepared to work hard.

BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science is not for you if:

None of the above is applicable to you