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Applied Science - Subsidary Diploma at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

Due to popular demand we are delighted to offer this BTEC equivalent at A Level.  This subject complements a range of other A Levels for students to enjoy learning science in a highly practical coursework-based pathway.  This is excellent preparation for a wide variety of higher education courses and career routes. This course is exceptionally useful for students who would like to follow a humanities or arts based A Level programme that includes an element of science, and is also for students t enhance their Biology, Chemistry or Physics A Levels with more practical learning.

Course content

You will study two units each year. The first year will include two mandatory units covering the fundamental aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, a range of scientific practicals and learning about the science industry.  In the second year you will study one mandatory practical unit and another unit from a selection of Biology, Chemistry or Physics units as determined by a student led decision. These highly varied units include Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Electrical Circuits, Medical Physics.

Entry requirements

Three grade Bs/5s and three grade Cs/4s at GCSE (including a grade C/4 in mathematics, science and additional science, or two grade Cs/4s in two separate sciences)


The A-Level qualification is marked internally against criteria that you will be made aware of at the start of the course.  You are given an indication of progress at several points throughout the two years through verbal and written feedback. A subject specialist from the examination board externally moderates all of your work.

Financial information

Full time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are EU citizens

Future opportunities

Applied Science combines well with a range of science, technology, mathematics, arts and humanities A Levels for progression into a wide range of university courses. Depending on their subject combination, students can progress to study many courses including law, nursing, biology, graphic design, chemistry, psychology, criminology, geograhphy, sport science, English and computing.

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures that your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

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 September 2018
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