Applied Science

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Applied Science is the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but with a greater focus on how skills in each are used and applied in various real-world scenarios, job sectors and industries. This is a Level 3 Extended Certificate BTEC.

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Entry Requirements

We have no specific entrance requirements for BTEC applied science


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  • 50% Coursework
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What is Applied Science?

Applied Science is the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and how these subjects are applied to industry, healthcare and engineering sectors.
The applied approach means that you will study how to carry out complex scientific procedures and write detailed reports, in addition to learning theoretical scientific knowledge. The course therefore has an equal weighting between examined elements and the writing of scientific reports as coursework. This course is equivalent in size and UCAS points tariff as one A level.


What Will I Study?

You will study four Units throughout this course. Unit 1 – Principles of Science will cover content from A levels in all three science subjects. A theoretical unit studying key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to an A level standard. Unit 2 – Scientific Procedures will assess practical and experimental techniques. A practical investigation based unit, training you on how to carry out a range of common lab based procedures and techniques. Unit 3 – Investigation Skills will assess your ability to plan and carry out a scientific investigation. Training you in a range of transferable scientific investigation skills that can be applied in a range of scientific settings. Unit 4 – Optional Unit can be chosen from a range of units across the sciences. You will be assessed via both coursework and exam.


Trips, Visits and Enrichment

This is an exciting new course launched in September 2021. The college will make contact with various universities, local and national career providers and national organisations such as the NHS to provide students with real-world and hands on advice, experience and contacts.


What Could it Lead To?

The Level 3 Extended Certificate BTEC in Applied Science is equivalent in size to one A level and would be studied alongside two other A levels. Students studying this course would be able to progress on to a range of higher education courses at University, including both undergraduate and foundation level degrees. Additionally, students may move on to take further professional qualifications in a specific career with the possibility to move directly to employment. Some students have progressed on to traineeships or direct employment from this course.

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