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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

You will acquire and apply various practical techniques and learn about their use in industry, medicine and research. You will develop transferable higher order skills that are valued by universities and employers.



Course content

On the Diploma you will study compulsory units plus a number of optional units.


Compulsory units include: Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science, Unit 2 Working in the Science Industry, Unit 3 Scientific Investigations, Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques, Unit 5 Perceptions of Science, Unit 6 Using Mathematical Tools in Science, and Unit 7 Mathematical Calculations for Science.


Optional units include: Unit 19 Practical Chemical Analysis, Unit 22 Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Unit 11 Physiology of Human Body Systems, Unit 12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction, Unit 20 Medical Physics Techniques, Unit 44 Astronomy.

The course is flexible so it is possible to complete a shorter course to achieve a Certificate (equivalent to one AS level), Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A level), or a Foundation Diploma (1.5 of an A level).

Entry requirements

You need to have either grade 4 or above in two single science GCSE’s, or grade 44 in GCSE Combined Science, or at least a merit in a level 2/ intermediate applied science course. A minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English and in GCSE Maths is required. You must also have a genuine interest in the subject and have the motivation to apply yourself to the course.


The course is 100% coursework based and divided into units which are assessed as assignments. These are internally graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. The point scores of these grades are accumulated to ascertain your final mark. On the Diploma the highest mark you can achieve is a Distinction*/Distinction* which is equivalent to two A* at A level.

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

There’s a major skills shortage in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) sectors, with an estimated 40,000 jobs remaining unfilled in the UK each year. With a BTEC National in Applied Science, you could be well on your way to getting one of these roles.


Developed in collaboration with teachers, employers and higher education institutions, this BTEC in Applied Science will provide you with up-to-date industry knowledge and the practical, research and behavioural skills you’ll need to progress in higher education and your career. Past students have studied health-related or applied science degrees, and gone into careers in health care, leisure, laboratory-based science, or catering.

Further information

This course is equivalent to 2 A levels over 2 years, and will be delivered in the same time allocation as 2 A levels. Students will generally be expected to combine this with at least one further A level. The course is flexible so it is possible to complete a shorter course to achieve a Certificate, Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A level) or a Foundation Diploma (1.5 of an A-level).


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: 14 August 2018
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