Applied Science

Level 3

Qualification: BTEC Extended Certificate / Diploma / Extended Diploma

Duration 2 years

What will I study?

The course is laboratory based with integrated practical work, lectures, group work and discussion.

During the first year you will study two mandatory units to achieve the BTEC certificate:

Principles and Applications of Science 1.

This unit includes aspects of chemistry, physics and biology. You will learn about the structures and functions of different cells and identify them using a microscope. You will study atomic
structure, bonding and will gain a foundation in quantitative Chemistry. There will also be investigations of energy transfer processes such as those involved generating renewable energy.

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.

This is a practical Chemistry unit and involves techniques for synthesising and separating substances along with assessing their purity.

During the second year a further two units can be studied to gain the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (equivalent to 1 A level).

Science investigation skills

This unit involves topics such as laboratory design and how information is stored and managed in a laboratory.

One optional unit will complete the first year.

The Physiology of Human Body Systems

This unit covers the skeletomuscular system, lymphatic system and digestive system.

Students following the Diploma course, (equivalent to 2 A levels)would complete all the Subsidiary Diploma modules during year 1 and then complete 4 further modules, Laboratory
Techniques and their Applications, Principles and Applications of Science 2, an Investigative Project and Applications of Organic Chemistry.

Students following the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A levels) will study the same units as the Diploma students in year one alongside Human regulation and Reproduction. In year
two another four units will complete the qualification, Contemporary Issues in Science, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Electrical circuits and their Applications and Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways.


Study Visits

Possibility of some day visits.


No more than £15 per study visit.


A combination of internally assessed coursework assignments and examinations.

Entry Criteria

General Level 3 entry requirements.  Grade 4 in GCSE Science. Grade 4 in Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses

This course would provide useful underpinning scientific knowledge for students studying a Health and Social Care, Psychology or Sports Science course.​


Nursing, midwifery, forensic science, pharmacy technician, radiographer, lab technician, research support assistant, nutritionist, food science, biomedical science, research scientist, hospital theatre technician, chemistry, biochemistry, zoology and many more.

Culture Vulture

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BTEC Science Culture Vulture

Flying start

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Course Overview

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BTEC Science Course Overview