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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Certificate & National Diploma at Nene Park Academy

Course description

Applied Science provides a flexiblel introduction to the three scientific disciplines. The course is demanding, but has a wide range of science units.You will learn how things work, how science affects the world around you and how it is used in the workplace and in industry.



Course content

This course is available as a single award (Certificate) equivalent to 1 A Level and a double award (Diploma) equivalent to 2 A Levels. 

As part of your course you will study units in biology, chemistry and physics. You will undertake a substantial amount of laboratory practical work which requires writing up and evaluating. The BTEC course is a combination of formal teaching in specialist subjects as well as the research, presentations, assessments, experimental procedure and note taking. In year 12 you will be working through a variety of units including:

  • The principles and applications of science-this covers all science disciplines- biology, chemistry and physics. This unit is externally marked.
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques . You will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography techniques and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.
  • Scientific investigative techniques (externally marked); you will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation-how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.
  • Laboratory techniques and their applications: the unit covers the importance of health & safety in the workplace, how data is stored and communicated and how organic liquids and solids are made and tested in industry.
  • Principles and applications of Science (II), (externally marked). This unit extends and builds on the disciplines in unit 1, biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Investigative techniques: you will carry out an extensive investigative project. This develops your research skills and understanding of obtaining scientific literature, and provide you with the skills to write a project in your chosen subject.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs - including GCSE Grade 4/4 in combined science for the single award and GCSE Grade 5/5 in combined science for the double award. Grade 4 in Maths and English required.


A combination of coursework and external exams.

Future opportunities

Students can continue their study of Science at degree level once they have completed their Level 3 BTEC studies.

The BTEC course provides students with a range of transferrable skills , in addition to experiences that allow them to work in industry and be employed in roles within research laboratories, forensic science laboratories, chemical industries and science journalism

Further information

This course builds on the achievements from Key Stage 4, for those that wish to explore a vocational route at level 3.

Exam Board: Edexcel

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nene Park Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 July 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: SCA

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