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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Sandhurst School

Course description

This BTEC qualification gives students the opportunity to acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable to both employment or further education. Students work through a series of units and build up a portfolio of evidence. They also sit an exam and complete set tasks. The course includes a mix of theory and practical work. Students can gain up to the equivalent of two GCE A Levels.

Course content

Students study two mandatory units covering the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, biology, practical techniques/principles and working in the scientific workplace. Students then study two optional units on practical techniques and diseases.

Entry requirements

At least one grade 5 in GCSE science. Students who have followed a Level 2 BTEC in applied science in Key Stage 4 can also progress to this course if they have a Merit or Distinction grade, including at least a Level 2 Pass in the exam units. A standard pass 4 in GCSE mathematics is required a good pass at level 5 would be an advantage.


The mandatory units are assessed by a formal written exam and set tasks, which are marked by the exam board. For other units, teachers assess a portfolio of student’s work.

Future opportunities

This course will open up a whole range of options for students including:

  • Working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of x -ray and scanning equipment
  • Working with the forensic science service analysing crime scenes and evidence
  • Working in a research role developing new drugs
  • Working with animals
  • Nursing and midwifery

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandhurst School directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September