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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Christ The King College

Course description

The applied science industry offers huge potential for learners interested in the sector. The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in sectors including renewable energy, space, low carbon, pharmaceutical, utilities, automotive, agriculture, food and bioscience. The 2010 National Strategic Skills Audit identified problems in filling associate professional and skilled technician roles in a number of sectors including: health care, oil, gas, electricity, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and transport equipment. Some of these concerns have been accentuated by an ageing workforce. This course allows students to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the applied science sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college. By studying a BTEC Level 3 National, learners develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts.

The qualification prepares learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work. It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels.


Course content

Year 1 Mandatory units:

1 -  Fundamentals of Science

2 -  Working in the Science Industry

3 - Scientific Practical Techniques 

Year 2  Four Optional Units decided between the class and the tutor from the following list:

Mathematical Calculations for Science

 Using Statistics in Science 

 Informatics in Science 

 Using Science in the Workplace 

 Physiology of Human Body Systems 

 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction 

 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques 

 Microbiological Techniques 

 Electrical Circuits and their Applications 

 Genetics and Genetic Engineering 

 Medical Physics Techniques 

 Biomedical Science Techniques 

 Electronics for Science Technicians 

 Physiological Investigations 

 Medical Instrumentation 

 Clinical Psychology 

 Diseases and Infections

 Chemical Laboratory Techniques 


Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis 

 Forensic Photography 

 Criminal Psychology 

 Applications of Forensic Psychology 

Forensic Fire Investigation 

 Forensic Science Informatics 

 Traffic Accident Investigation


Entry requirements

GCSE Science (A*-C) and GCSE Maths (A*-C). This is a nationally recognised progression route from GCSE Applied Science and BTEC Level 2 (First) Diploma in Applied Science.


The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science is a 120-credit and 720 guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of 6 mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits (where at least 45 credits must be at Level 3 or above).

Future opportunities

BTECs are an established and highly successful alternative to general qualifications, suitable for a wide range of learners. As work-related qualifications, they are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university. By nature BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. They can be taken as well as, or instead of Advanced GCEs in schools and colleges.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years