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Applied Science - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2 years at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

The course covers all of the main sciences, chemistry, biology and physics in detail.  This will include theory and practical applications and it is essential that you enjoy practical work, can study independently and are well organised.  Many units require you to be able to read for purpose.  You will learn about how science knowledge and skills are used in a variety of scientific workplaces, including analytical sciences and biomedical sciences.

Course content

The courses consists of 13 units of study, seven mandatory units and six optional units which you will complete over a two year period.  Four of the mandatory units will be externally examined.  This ensures that your BTEC qualification provides the same challenge as A Levels and you will be prepared for progression to university.

Mandatory units:

  • Priniciples and Applications of Science I and II
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their applications
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science

Optional units:

  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physiology of Human Body systems
  • Physiology of Regulation and Reproduction
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques

A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C).  You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language, Core and Additional (or equivalent) Science and Maths. Non-GCSE qualifications like BTEC Level 2 in a related area can count towards this total but we will also look at your overall academic profile.  


You will be assessed by a mixture of external and internal assessment.  Four of the mandatory units are externally assessed through examinations set and marked by BTEC.  The other units will be assessed using assignments which are internally set and marked.  The internally assessed assignments will include a variety of assessment methods including case studies, viva exams, written tests, practical reports, oral presentations and written work.  The combination of assessment styles means that you will be able to apply the knowledge, study skills and practical skills needed to succeed in a university environment and a scientific workplace.

Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by college.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

Our BTEC Applied Science students have gone on to university to study chemical engineeering, pharmaceutical science, biomedical science, medical genetics, health and human sciences, human biology, biochemistry, podiatry, forensic science, biology, biosciences, genetics and molecular biology, microbiology and molecular biology, veterinary science, wildlife conservation, radiotherapy and radiography.  Many of these students have gone to the prestigious Russell Group Universities.  Students have also taken up apprenticeships including microbiology and surgical instrumentation.

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: 20 August 2018
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