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BTEC Level 3 Certificate / Extended Certificate / Diploma / Extended Diploma in Applied Science at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

The course is laboratory based with integrated practical work, lectures, group work and discussion.

Course content

During the first year you will study three mandatory units to achieve the BTEC certificate:

• Fundamentals of Science
This unit includes aspects of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. You will learn about the structures and functions of different cells and identify them using a microscope. You will study atomic structure, bonding and will gain a foundation in quantitative Chemistry. There will also be investigations of energy transfer processes such as those involved generating renewable energy.
• Working in the Science Industry
This unit involves topics such as laboratory design and how information is stored and managed in a laboratory.
• Scientific Practical Techniques.
This is a practical Chemistry unit and involves techniques for synthesising and separating substances along with assessing their purity.

During the second year a further three modules can be studied to gain the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. These units will include topics from Biology such as Physiology of Human Body Systems and Biochemistry.

Students following the Diploma course would complete all of the Subsidiary Diploma modules during year 1 and then complete 7 further modules whose content will largely comprise of Mathematics, Chemistry and Scientific Investigations.

Students following the Extended Diploma will study alongside Diploma students but complete three extra units in each year. These units will include Physics topics such as electrical circuits and radioactivity.

Study Visits
Possibility of some day visits.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Science. Grade 4 in Maths.


Internally assessed coursework assignments.

Financial information

Possibility of some day trips.  No more than £15 per study visit.

Future opportunities

This course would provide useful underpinning scientific knowledge for students studying a Health and Social Care, Psychology or Sports Science course.


Students have gone on to careers in / as:

Pharmacy Technician, Lab Technician, Research Support Assistant. 

Further information

Visit us on one of our Open Evenings to find out more information about this course. 

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 December 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.