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Applied Science BTEC Level 3

The Applied Science BTEC Level 3 will give you the opportunity to explore various science pathways. It is a course suitable for those who wish to pursue a science related career such as radiography, biomedical science, nursing, dietetics and physiotherapy.


The course is also ideal for those wishing to go straight into employment as it will also prepare you for work if you do not wish to go to university. This course provides a novel approach to the learning of science, based on acquiring practical skills in the context of knowledge and understanding of the basic scientific concepts. You will have the opportunity to explore laboratory techniques and diagnostic testing used in scientific research and industrial organisations.


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



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  • 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.

    An example of typical unit combinations for the second year is shown below:

    Year 1

    • Fundamentals of science
    • Working in the science industry
    • Scientific investigation
    • Biochemistry and biochemical techniques
    • Medical physics techniques
    • Chemical laboratory techniques

    Selection of optional units:

    Year 2

    • Perceptions in science
    • Using science in the marketplace
    • Microbiological techniques
    • Chemistry for biology technicians
    • Genetics and genetic engineering
    • Industrial applications of organic chemistry
  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is 100% coursework – as all units are portfolio based – with no exam. This is particularly suitable if you prefer portfolio assessment or find examinations particularly stressful. As coursework forms such an important part of this qualification, prospective students should realise that this creates a steady workload throughout the year.

  • 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?

    This course provides a basis for progression into higher education and degree courses such as biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, computing, nursing, radiography, pharmacology, forensic science and many others. The course also provides the appropriate background into employment with possible career-related further qualification. The pathways taken could be aligned to medical, forensic or industrial career options.

  • 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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