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Applied Science BTEC Nationals Diploma Level 3 at Alder Grange Community and Technology School

Course description

The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science reflect aspects of employment within science organisations or organisations that use science and enable learners to develop practical scientific skills.

You can achieve a Diploma in Applied Science from this course; Some Universities/ courses will accept this as an equivalent to either one or two A Levels.

BTEC Nationals are designed to provide knowledge and understanding as well as developing practical skills in preparation for work. Applied science will provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science.

A new addition to the BTEC Nationals course that we are running at Alder Grange is the inclusion of external exams and externally assessed assignments, alongside the usual internally assessed assignments.

Course content

The course includes the following topic areas:

  • Principles and Applications in Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation skills 
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • An Investigative project
  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction

Entry requirements

For Applied courses students need to be working at Level 1 to progress to a Level 2 course and at Level 2 to progress to a Level 3 course. Details will be discussed at


  • 720 Guided learning hours.
  • Equivalent in size to two A Levels.
  • 8 units of which 6 are mandatory, 3 are externally assessed (2 examinations & a pre-release assignment).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alder Grange Community and Technology School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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    • Alder Grange Sixth Form (ag6) opened as a new Sixth Form in 2010. Since then we have recruited students from across Rossendale and beyond on to a range of both A Level and BTEC level 3 courses. We have been delighted that our results have improved year on year and that Alder Grangers have successfully moved on from Sixth Form to University or the world of work in areas ranging from Music Production and Zoology to Teaching and Engineering. We have developed a strong sense of community and a warm, caring and supportive ethos.