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Science : BTEC Level 3 Diploma (= 2 A-Levels) (Applied) at Regent College

Course description

These are vocationally-related courses in the Applied Sciences.  The major emphasis of these courses are on how Science is applied and used in a laboratory setting.

You may take the Diploma as a major part of your programme of study alongside other academic (A-level) or vocational courses; or you may take the Extended Certificate as the minor part of your programme.

The assessment will be a mixture of external examinations and internal assessments so the emphasis will not be solely on examinations.

Teaching styles
A very wide range of teaching styles are used on the course.  There is a big emphasis on practical work.  As you will need to see the work of scientists and technicians, a number of visits to medical and industrial labs are planned.  The course will give you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills so that you can present your work.

Resources and facilities
At the beginning of 2011 all the science labs were completely refurbished.  As well as a full range of science equipment the new labs incorporate ICT facilities including computers and interactive whiteboards.  There is also a new computer suite dedicated to science students and of particular benefit to BTEC students.
Subject combinations
The course would combine well with other vocationally-related courses (such as BTEC Health and Social Care) or with other academic courses.

Course content

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (equivalent to 2 A-levels)
There are six mandatory units and two optional units

-Unit 1: Principles and Application of Science I (written exam, externally marked)

-Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (assignment, internally marked)

-Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills (task, externally assessed)

-Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their application (assignment, internally marked)

-Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II (written exam, externally marked)

-Unit 6: Investigative Project (assignment, internally marked)

-Optional unit: (assignment, internally marked)

-Optional unit: (assignment, internally marked)

Entry requirements

As part of a level 3 programme, a minimum of five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade 4 - 9, including English Language and Maths

In addition, you should have either Grade 4, 4 in GCSE Combined Science or PASS in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science (Merit recommended)


There are a mixture of types of assessment in the courses. Units 1 and 5 will be assessed by written examinations in June. Building on your GCSE knowledge, these will assess your knowledge and understanding of some of the fundamental principles of the biology, chemistry and physics of the course.

Unit 3 consists of a Task set by the board. This will assess your ability to plan, record, process, analyse and evaluate scientific findings, using primary and secondary information/data. You will make use of results from a practical investigation that you carry out before the assessment. This will be completed in May/June.

Units 2, 6 and the optional units will be assessed by Assignments that are set and marked by staff at the college.

Financial information

Free to Home Students

Future opportunities

This course will equip students for employment in a variety of scientific settings at technician level. Many work sectors will require you to have higher level qualifications and the course is also a good preparation for moving into higher education in many science courses including Biomedical Science. This would not be the course of choice for some of the more competitive courses (Medicine, Pharmacy and some of the top science courses).

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Regent College, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your school/college Careers Staff.

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: 05 December 2017

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