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BTEC Applied Science Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (A Level) at Darrick Wood School

Course description

This course covers important knowledge-based areas of science, including the periodic table, chemical bonding, the structure of cells, tissues and their functions, types of energy and energy transfer.  You will learn a wide range of practical techniques and study areas as diverse as laboratory design, laboratory management and health and safety.  In addition to the core units there is a wide range of optional topics to choose from including astronomy, geology, industrial chemical reactions, genetics and genetic engineering, chemical analysis, microbiological techniques, human physiology, soil science and medical physics.

Course content

There are two levels to the course.  In Year 12 students work towards the Certificate, which is equivalent to an AS qualification.  In Year 13 students continue towards a Subsidiary Diploma, equivalent to one A level.

Compulsory Core units

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Practical Techniques

Specialist Units — three units must be taken from an extensive list that includes:

  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Using Science in the Workplace
  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Physiology of human control and reproduction
  • Biochemistry and biochemical techniques
  • Energy changes, energy sources and applications
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Chemistry for biology technicians
  • Electrical circuits
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Practical chemistry analysis
  • Medical physics techniques
  • Environmental science

Entry requirements

·         All students must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSE grades at A* - C in separate subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.


·         Students must achieve at least a grade B in any subject that is to be studied in the Sixth Form.


·         For Science subjects this should be at least grade B in a single science or BB in double science.


·         For Computing students need to have gained at least a B in Computing GCSE or a Merit in ECDL.


·         For a new subject, the general entrance criteria will apply and will be discussed at your meeting with a member of the Sixth Form Team.



Each unit is marked and moderated internally with students compiling a detailed and comprehensive portfolio covering a variety of science based investigations and case studies.  There is no examination, all work is continually assessed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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