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Applied Science BTEC (Specialising in Biology) at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

This BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma will allow learners to explore aspects of science through the context of case studies and practical assignments. This course of study will allow students to broaden their experience and understanding of the science. It includes topics on all 3 areas of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics but specialises in Biology in year 13It is vocational - it links directly to the jobs that Scientists do e.g. in hospitals, labs etc.It is 100% coursework and practical based.

Course content

It consists of 3 mandatory units plus 3 other specialist units. Students completing a one year course will be awarded a BTEC national Certificate and that is equivalent to an AS Level.

Entry requirements

The normal A* to C pass rate to study advanced Level 3 courses including grade C or above in science.


Students are examined via portfolio submissions (there are no external examinations). The portfolios will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and these assessment decisions will be used to determine the overall grade for the diploma.

Future opportunities

This qualification gives you an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to help you begin or progress in a broad range of science careers. The BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma can also open up further areas of study to you. The course is designed to be adaptable to your needs, abilities and career aspirations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years