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Applied Science - BTEC Level 3

Specific Course Entry Requirements

C in Additional Science or a Merit or
Distinction in Level 2 Applied Science

Examination Levels Offered

BTEC Level 3 Certificate (equivalent to A-E at AS Level)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to A*-E at A-Level)

Examination Board Edexcel

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is a two year course having been developed to help students develop deep, specialist, practical skills and understanding, and offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector.

If students wish to take Applied Science for one year only, the course content comprises the three mandatory units only, gaining a 30-credit National Certificate.

Learners carry out a range of tasks that have been designed to recognise their achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the workplace.

For both Year 12 and Year 13 all the assignments created will have assessment tasks and activities which will enable learners to produce valid, sufficient and reliable evidence that relates directly to the specified criteria. Learners will produce evidence in a variety of different forms and including, written reports, graphs and posters, along with projects, practical observation and time-constrained assessments.

What does it cover?

To gain either qualification, you must achieve the first three mandatory units:

Unit 1

Fundamentals of Science (mandatory)

Unit 2

Working in the Science Industry (mandatory)

Unit 4

Scientific Practical Techniques (mandatory)

The Subsidiary Diploma also includes an additional 30 credits from the optional units below. The optional units are to be confirmed by staff.

Unit 11

Physiology of Human Body Systems

Unit 44


Unit 18

Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Trips and Visits

Students will visit outside laboratories and science centres. Guest speakers will visit students to enhance the learning experience.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

On successful completion of a BTEC level 3 qualification, a learner can progress to employment or continue their study in the same, or a related vocational area in further and higher education, within universities and other institutions.

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