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Applied Science

Level 3

Qualification: BTEC Extended Certificate / Extended Diploma (Biomedical)

Duration 2 years

What will I study?

The BTec Applied Science course is both computer and laboratory based with integrated practical work throughout as well as structured taught lessons which incorporate group work, discussion and coursework completion..

During the first year you will study mandatory topics, and then depending on the course you are on will add to that in the latter part of year 12 and into year 13.

Extended Certificate students study 4 units gaining the equivalent to 1 A level, these are split into unit 1 and 2 in year 12 and units 3 and 8 in year 13. Extended Diploma students study 13 units (equivalent to 3 A levels) covering units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12 in year 12 and units, 6, 7, 15, 17, 19 in year 13.

Unit 1: 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. In Physics you will look at communication and waves to include Bluetooth, WiFi and digital signals. This unit is assessed externally via 3 x 40 minute exams).

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.

This is a practical Chemistry unit that involves techniques for making standard solutions, titration, chromatographic techniques and cooling curves, the final assignment in this unit is a self-evaluation of the skills learned and developed throughout the practical work. This unit comprises of 4 pieces of internally assessed coursework.

Unit 3: Science investigation skills

Throughout this unit you will study, diffusion, plant sampling, enzymes, fuels and electricity. This unit allows the development of practical skills, method and report writing, and data analysis to include graphical work, statistical analysis and evaluation of methods. The unit is assessed externally in a 2.15-hour exam.

Unit 8: The Physiology of Human Body Systems

This unit covers the skeletomuscular system, lymphatic system and digestive system. This unit is based on taught content and research of these physiological systems, and an evaluation of treatments used for disorders of these systems within the human body.


Study Visits

Visits to Leeds Trinity and Sheffield Hallam University Biochemistry laboratories, guest speakers from NHS and SHU.


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

Check out out Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

BTEC Science Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

Flying Start BTEC Science

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

BTEC Science Course Overview