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Course description

The BTEC level 3 National is a practical, work related course that will provide you with an introduction to working in the Applied Science and allied industries. The requirements of the qualification will mean that you develop the transferable skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, when studying Unit 2: Practical Science Procedures and Techniques, you will develop skills including how to plan investigations and how to collect, analyse, present data and then communicate results in detail. The two year qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the Applied Science sector. In addition, the qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. By successfully completing the Diploma, rather than the Extended Certificate, students will build a greater knowledge and skills base which will provide a better foundation either for further study or from which to enter a science based career. The BTEC can be taken as part of a diverse program, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to subjects which would benefit from some scientific background such as Geography. The BTEC in Applied Science could be taken as part of a program of study that includes other level 3 qualifications such as Sport, Health & Social Care, Engineering or Mathematics.

Course content

YEAR ONE 2 units, both mandatory, both of which are assessed by portfolio. Unit 4 Laboratory Techniques and their application (90GLH) Unit 6 Investigative project (90 GLH) YEAR TWO 2 units, 1 of which is mandatory and 1 is externally assessed. Unit 5 Principles and application of science II (120GLH) Unit 15 Electrical circuits and their application (60GLH)

Entry requirements

Two B Grades or above in GCSE Core & Additional Science (students will have achieved at least a merit in the external examination). Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or Literature.


The course is unit based and each unit is given a credit value depending on the guided learning hours. Assessment is through external examination and the building of portfolios. All units which are internally assessed are also externally verified by Edexcel. For internally assessed units you will receive an assignment brief detailing the tasks and criteria to be met. At the end of each unit you will be given a grade of pass, merit or distinction with written feedback about how to progress to the next level. Portfolios can be tailored towards different science disciplines based on your personal area of choice. Before the production of each portfolio we will give you all the necessary information, but the grade you obtain will be dependent on the quality of work you produce.

Further information

Students following this course should be aware that it is designed as a two year programme only. Students will only be able to claim any qualification by successfully completing the two year course.

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: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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