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BTEC Applied Biology Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

Year 12

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science You will investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells, the calorific value of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information.

Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use a range of practical techniques used in science such as the analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors. The variety of techniques in the content allows the unit to be tailored to reflect the focus of different areas of study e.g. forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, electronics and environmental science.

Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering The students will develop understanding of the principles of Mendelian genetics and develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories. This will enable learners to appreciate that genes control all of the characteristics of living organisms.

Year 13

Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems In this unit, students will learn about some of the systems of the body and how they work together. Each of the different organ systems in the body is equally important in enabling us to function as complete organisms.

Unit 12: Physiology of human regulation and reproduction Students will learn about how the body maintains its constant environment through a variety of different mechanisms, and how the species is continued through reproduction.

Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques In this unit, students will learn about the importance of microorganisms and the basic techniques that underpin the vocational applications of microbiology.

Entry requirements

2 C’s in Science or Merit at Level 2 + C in Maths.


Assessment is assignment-based and depends upon a portfolio of evidence. This includes practical investigations as well as course work you produce e.g. photographs, video footage, computer print-outs, research. Work will be marked by your Science tutor, followed by verification carried out at the school and then checked by Edexcel. There are 3 units to be studied in Year 12, followed by an additional 3 units in Year 13.

Future opportunities

This qualification is widely recognised as providing students with excellent problem-solving, analytical, communication and research skills all of which are transferable and highly desired by employers and universities alike. As such, this course can lead you in the direction of different possible pathways, such as further education, apprenticeship and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years