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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Heanor Gate Science College

Course description

Where students complete projects on microscopy and cells, atomic structure and titrations and then write a scientific report on enthalpies of combustion of different fuels. Students also learn how scientists present their findings in the scientific community.

Students will learn about Health and Safety in the scientific workplace. They will design a school laboratory and a microbiology laboratory to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.

Students will learn how to analyse given chemicals, using a range of scientific techniques, such as flame testing and titration. Students will also learn how to select and use appropriate instruments for scientific investigations being completed.


Course content

In the second year 3 optional units will be completed. At present the 3 modules being studied are: 

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering

However, these may change to include some physics and chemistry modules, depending on the teachers allocated to the course.

Entry requirements

GCSE Double Applied Science grade C or Level 2 merit in BTEC Science and GCSE English grade C or above. A C grade in maths would be preferential. 


There is no examination. This is a course that is continually assessed.

Future opportunities

BTEC Science is suitable for those students who wish to work in the scientific industry in jobs such as Laboratory Technician. This qualification is also suitable for those who want to continue studying science, but do not wish to pursue a career in the field. It is no longer suitable for those wishing to enter the medical profession.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heanor Gate Science College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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