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Applied Science (Biomedical) BTEC Level 3

The Applied Science Level 3 course in Biomedical Science looks at the techniques required to either enter employment as a science technician or to go to university to gain higher positions in a range or medical scientific careers.

There are two pathways to this Science qualification either the Biomedical or Physical pathway. It is versatile enough that if you change your mind after Year 1, you can go onto the other pathway in Year 2. This qualification has been put together with advise from a range of local universities on a range of qualifications.

This is a very practical course which will not only develop your knowledge of Science but will also equip you with a range of scientific skills which will prepare you well for university and the workplace. The science you learn will be adapted to what you want to go on to do, which will make it more interesting.


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and technical programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course. An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


Exam Board: Edexcel



Search your university and career options if you study Applied Science Level 3
  • What will I study and learn?

    The qualification consists of studying nine units in the first year and nine units leading to the 90 credit diploma in the second year which include compulsory, as well as optional units. Units taught tend to look at the application of science centered on practical activities from which the theory is then drawn. This provides opportunities for you to develop your practical laboratory skills to a high level.

    The Applied Science BTEC Level 3 is delivered in a variety of ways. There are laboratory-based practical assignments, supported by self-study, presentations, group work and discussion.

    Here's an example of modules in the Applied Science Biomedical pathway:

    Year 1

    • Principles and applications of science 1
    • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
    • Science investigation skills
    • Laboratory techniques and their application
    • Diseases and infections
    • Genetics and genetic engineering

    Year 2

    • Principles and applications of science 2
    • Investigative project medical physics applications
    • Contemporary issues in science
    • Medical physics applications
    • Applications of organic chemistry
    • Microbiology and microbiological techniques
    • Applications of inorganic chemistry
  • How is the course assessed?

     Principles ana Applications of Science 1 and ll, Science Investigation Skills, and Contemporary Issues in Science are externally assessed.

    The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Applied Science suite are:

    • examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
    • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

    Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information..

    The other units are assessed internally through internal assignments where you have to produce a range of assessments which will includes scientific reports, videos, photographs, presentations and essays

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum Requirements - 5 GCSEs at grade A-C/9- 4 including English, Maths and Double Science at grade 4.


    Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English and Maths at grade 4.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    These courses lead onto a wide range of Medical and scientific careers such as Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Phamacology, Science technician, Paramedics, Physics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, to name a few.

    Please note that to get to Medical related careers, work experience in the field you wish to go into is highly recommended. The college will help you do this.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Annual cost between £50-£75 for trips, books and any personal equipment that may be required.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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