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Applied Science (BTEC) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

This course is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. Students will have the opportunity to carry out practical procedures to a high degree of accuracy, communicate there findings and develop a broad understanding of Science.

Course content

Students study 4 units: 

  • Principles and applications of science 
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • one option unit.

Entry requirements

Min 4 in a GCSE Combined Science + 4 other Grade 9-4 GCSEs (must include a 4 in English and Maths)




75% of the course is assignment based centered around practical skills and key scientific understanding. 25% of the course is examined. Students must achieve at least a pass on all aspects to achieve a qualification on the course.

Future opportunities

Students often use BTEC applied Science to complement A-level Biology or BTEC sport. Many of our students then go on to courses such as Sports Science and Forensic Science. Others are successful in applying for apprenticeships.

Further information

Students are expected to develop their scientific practical skills to a high degree of accuracy which should be reflected in their scientific reports. Assignments will have clear deadlines which must be met in line with exam board requirements. Students are expected to attend support sessions if they are under performing.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 September 2018
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.