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BTEC in Applied Science Level 3 Diploma at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

The BTEC Applied Science courses provide an alternative pathway to employment and higher education; they are vocational courses focusing on how science is applied in the workplace. IT WILL provide you with the skills and knowledge underpinning all aspects of science across a variety of industries.

Within the course you will be undertaking practical work, investigating phenomena, reporting your findings as well as writing scientifically. The course is unique amongst the science courses because it covers the three main disciplines of science: biology, chemistry and physics.

Course content

BTEC Applied Science is modular in nature. The Units in bold are those required for the Diploma only.

First Year Units:

 Fundamentals of Science

 Working in the Science Industry

 Practical Scientific Techniques

 Perceptions of Science

 Using mathematical Tools in Science

 Mathematical Calculations for Science

 Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry.


Second Year Units:

 Physiology of Human Body Systems

 Electrical Circuits and their Industrial Applications

 Chemical Laboratory Techniques

 Scientific Investigations

 Chemistry for Biology Technicians

 Genetics and Genetic Engineering.

Entry requirements

3 or 4 GCSE grades A*- C or equivalent.



Future opportunities

Who should study BTEC Applied Science? BTEC Applied Science is particularly suitable for students who wish to maintain an interest in science and would like to pursue a more ‘applied’ course at University, for example: Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Human Physiology, Applied Science degrees or Higher National Diplomas. It is also ideal for those wishing to work in a laboratory, chemical manufacturing or similar roles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years