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Applied Science - BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Batley Girls' High School - Visual Arts College

Course description

Applied Science - BTEC Level 3 Diploma 

Course content

This qualification is broadly equivalent to two GCE A levels.  Therefore you study 12 lessons per week in year 12 and 10 lessons per week in year 13 - it is a ' double unit' option.

The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science are a suite of qualifications that reflect aspects of employment within science organisations that use science and enable learners to develop practical scientific skills.  These qualifications will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations.

The six core units which must be completed are:

1 Fundamentals of Science

2 Working in the Science industry

3 Scientific Investigations

4 Scientific Practical Techniques

5 Perceptions of Science

6 Using Mathematical Tools in Science

There are then option units which are selected to suit the needs of students in the teaching group.  Depending on the combination, aproximately seven further units are required to complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma

7 Mathematical Calculations for science

8 Using Statistics in Science

9 Informatics in Science

10 Using Science in the Workplace

11 Physiology of Human Body Systems

12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction

13 Biochenistry and Biochemical Techniques

14 Energy Changes, Sources and Applications

15 Microbiological Techniques

Chenistry for Biology Technicians

17 Electrical Circuits and their Industrial Applications

18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering

19 Practical Chemical Analysis

20 Medical Physics Techniques

22 Chemical Laboratory Techniques

23 Science for Environmental Technicians

24 Principles of Plant and Soil Science

26 Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions

27 Chemical Periodicity and its Applications

28 Industrial Applicationsof Organic Chemistry

41 Clinical Psychology

42 Geology of Natural Resources

43 Diseases and Infections

44 Astronomy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2 Grade A*-B in GCSE/BTEC Science subjects


In BTEC Nationals all units are internally assessed.  All assessment for BTEC Nationals is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes.  Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes.  A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:

To achieve PASS a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria

To achieve a MERIT a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria

To achieve a DISTINCTION a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.

Future opportunities

Units within the qualification cover areas of laboratory science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science.  These can include roles such as:

- working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of X-ray and other imaging/scanning equipment

- working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs.  Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products

- working in chemical companies developing fertilisers and other plant feeds

- working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments

- working in a biotechnology laboratory carrying out fermentation and purification processes

- further vocational study/higher education at university, or the completion of a Science Foundation Course

Further information


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 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 weeks
  • Course code: BDE90