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Applied Science BTEC Level 2 Diploma

The BTEC Diploma in Applied Science provides an exciting approach to the study of science. It offers you the opportunity to develop skills that are needed to start a career in a related field of science; such as a laboratory, industrial or medical technician. You can also progress to a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science. The course includes a fusion of practical and theoretical topics from biology, chemistry and physics, providing you with enough depth to be successful in any pathway you choose. Our laboratories are well equipped to enable you to achieve your goal.


Exam Board: Edexcel



  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code RA0EE / 10001

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 1 Year(s)

  • What will I study and learn?

    You will complete 8 mandatory units of work through a combination of practical experiments in the labs and theoretical investigations. Your work will be project based and will cover a series of topics including;

    • Principles of science
    • Chemistry and our earth
    • Energy and our universe
    • Applications of chemical substances
    • Physical science
    • Health applications of science

    You will also complete 8 optional units which focus on a particular area in science and may include the following topics;

    • The living body
    • Growing plants for food
    • Science in medicine
    • Understanding human behaviour
    • Designing and making useful devices in science
    • Exploring our universe
    • Electronics in action
    • Investigating a crime scene
  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is a mixture of coursework assignments which are internally assessed and 2 externally assessed units.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    If you do not have a grade C in GCSE Maths you must retake this subject. If you already have a grade C in Maths but not English (but you have a grade D) you must retake GCSE English.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need:

    4 GCSEs at a minimum of grade D, which must include Science and Maths at a minimum of grade D


    a level 1 diploma pass in an appropriate subject and Maths GCSE at grade D.

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

    Successful students generally progress onto the Level 3 Applied Science or Level 3 BTEC Medical Science. If you do well at this advanced level it is possible to progress to a degree at university or perhaps an HND at a higher education or further education college.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will be attending trips and visits throughout the year, an essential part of your coursework, and this will cost you approximately £40 across the year.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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aspiring radiographer loves the experiments and trips she takes part in as part of her Science BTEC at Richmond upon Thames College near Kingston

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“It was after meeting the passionate science teachers at one of the college’s Open Events that I decided that this was the college for me. We get to do lots of really interesting and fun experiments in class plus we’ve had some great visits to St Mary’s University’s science department as well as the National Physics Laboratory. It’s a brilliant course.”

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