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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

  • Do you want to further your knowledge of key concepts in Biology, Chemistry & Physics?
  • Are you interested in developing skills using standard laboratory equipment and exploring the fundamentals that underpin scientific investigation?
  • Do you want to understand the structure and working of cells and gain knowledge of how the body stays healthy?

Course content

This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is useful to those who wish to continue their science education but may not be necessarily looking for further progression in science. It may however, be studied alongside other science related courses to enhance progression onto science beyond college.

Fundamentals of Science                 

You will use microscopes to find out about the different cells and tissues of the body. You will study chemical reactions and bonding and investigate different types of energy. You will explore the topic of scientific communication and discover how scientific information is communicated to other scientists while preparing your own scientific report.

Working in the Science Industry

You will develop an understanding of the role played by science technicians and other professionals who work in a variety of scientific places and disciplines. You will discover what it is like to be a modern scientist and consider the importance of working safely. You will also examine practices and procedures followed in modern science laboratories and how the use of ICT makes science workplaces efficient and effective. You will also design your own laboratory to meet the needs of a general science workplace.

Scientific Practical Techniques

You will select and use a variety of appropriate equipment and instruments to carry out core practical techniques. You will develop your ability to test substances and materials using a range of scientific instruments. You will use cutting edge techniques such as gel electrophoresis and practice everyday techniques such as identification of biological molecules.


Entry requirements

You must have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including at least a grade C in a GCSE Science subject or BTEC First (Merit Level) in a Science related area. You must also have at least a grade C in GCSE Maths.


There are no exams for this course. All assessment is through set assignments which you will need to submit according to strict deadlines.

The course is supported by the Learning Support team and learning mentors and teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy.

Future opportunities

After studying the Applied Science Certificate in your first year, subject to your grades, you can then study Medical Science in your second year at college and achieve BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science (Medical Science). This is then equivalent to one A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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