BTEC Diploma

Applied Science




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D* = 56




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Do you enjoy studying science but want to focus on vocational and practical skills for a career in STEM industries? Did you want to underpin your studies on other subjects with a thorough understanding of the applications of science? Do you prefer completing assessments throughout your course of study rather than in a final exam at the end of the course? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Applied Science the course for you!

Applied Science is a two-year course, you will combine with two other subject choices. At the end of the first year, you can achieve a National Certificate, equivalent to an AS qualification, before going on through the second year to obtain the Extended Certificate that is equivalent to an A level and carries the same amount of UCAS points.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to pursue a career in science and combines academic study with the acquisition of practical skills. Through the two-year course, you will explore key concepts across all three main sciences whilst also developing practical experience in laboratory techniques and investigatory skills that aid in employability. The course is assessed through a mix of internal assignments, external exams and practical assessments throughout the two years, meaning that you can build your grades throughout your study programme.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language.

A grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths and a minimum of grade 5 or 5-5 in GCSE Sciences.

Year 1

Two units are studied in the first year:

1. ‘The Principles and Applications of Science’: This unit is assessed through an external examination. In this unit you will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to the major sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This creates a solid foundation for the other units you will study over the rest of the course.

2. ‘Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques’: This unit is assessed through internal assignments. You will develop practical scientific skills, including techniques used in experiments and the ability to analyse results. You will also learn how to calibrate laboratory equipment.

Year 2

In the second year, two more units studied:

3. ‘Science Investigation Skills’: This unit is assessed through an external examination. You will discover and explore the skills needed for and the various stages of planning a scientific investigation, including how to record and interpret results and how to draw scientific conclusions and evaluate these.

4. ‘Physiology of Human Body Systems’: This unit is assessed through internal assignments. You will look at the make-up of three human body systems: The musculoskeletal, the lymphatic and the digestive system. You will explore how these systems function and what happens when there is a problem with them.

The Extended Certificate in Applied Science carries equal UCAS points to an A Level and can be combined with other A Levels to create a specialism for different university courses. For example, if taken alongside A-Level Chemistry, degrees in Chemistry with Analytical Science would be ideal. If combined with Biology, you will develop the skills for degrees in Biomedical Science.

Applied Science is also useful for a career in a variety of different health-related industries including the pharmaceutical industry, sport, and fitness as it gives practical experience that is useful in these careers. Learners have also gone on to engineering apprenticeships and other industries including sport and business.

There is the opportunity to go to NHS Blood and Transport Body Worlds to support the learning of Human Body Systems in the second year and experience a real-life working laboratory. We organise regular talks for our STEM learners in the Sixth Form from scientists and academics through our STEM@LUNCH series. You can join our Science Academy and Medical Academy whilst studying Applied Science. These academies explore career and university opportunities for science learners whilst expanding on what is taught in the classroom.

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