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BTEC Applied Science at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

Course Outline:

The course is split into 4 modules. Each of these is a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, where students have to demonstrate investigative and analytical skills.

Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science - This unit is tested by exam. The content will be a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics further developing scientific understanding and ideas. The exam carries 25% of the final grade.

Unit 2 - Practical procedures and scientific techniques - where students will look at how Science is carried out, different investigative techniques, analyse data and look at peer review across the scientific community linking in the ideas they have developed from unit 1.

Unit 3 - Science investigation skills - This will be a series of practical tasks where students will have to plan and design experiments, interpret, analyse and evaluate their results.

Unit 4 - Biology unit. This unit will further develop Biological ideas completing research and a variety of investigations.

Entry requirements

GCSE Science Grade 4 and Maths GCSE Grade 4




1 examined unit and 3 units assessed on work done in the students’ portfolios.

Financial information

Scientific Calculator (From £5), Memory stick for computer work at home and in school.

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

This course is useful for all science degrees, rated by universities and recognised by employers.


Career Opportunities:

This qualification will be useful for many science-related jobs, for example:

Quality control technician, working in hospitals as a medical technician, work in a research laboratory developing drugs, working in a forensic science laboratory, working in chemical companies developing animal feeds, working for a scientific journal or magazine, working in a biotechnology laboratory.

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: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years