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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Applied Science?

This course is for those who enjoy finding out how things work, and those with an enthusiasm and genuine interest in science. Applied Science covers all corners of science, dipping in to aspects of chemistry and biology, combining this with maths and industrial science.

Tutors give students all the support they need, and our dedicated science study area facilitates study time away from timetabled lesson time. Students can access resources in an environment with only other science students. As well as the study area, our dedicated staff are on hand and run support sessions to ensure students are well-placed to succeed.

You will experience an exciting range of activities and enrichment on this course, such as performing practical work discovery days at Manchester University, or at NOWGEN (isolating your own DNA) in Manchester, and building up your scientific knowledge at the Thackray Museum (disease and microbiology) in Leeds.

You will also be able to attend a range of science talks at college.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 94% of students achieving high grades, with 53% achieving D*DD - D*D*D* grades.

What will I study?

This course develops your understanding of scientific theory and skills, and coupled with experimental techniques helps you to be successful in either employment or at university.

You will study a range of biological and chemistry based subjects which include:

  • Human physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Astronomy and medical physics

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to perform a variety of biology and chemistry experimental work, and will also learn how to work safely within a laboratory environment and to use Maths and statistics to analyse experimental data.

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

For Applied Science specifically, this should include Grade 44 in Combined Science OR Grade 4 in BOTH Biology AND Chemistry.


How is the course assessed?

  • Production of scientific laboratory reports, and analysis and evaluation of results to reach conclusions, worth 60%; and
  • Formal examinations, worth 40%.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Students can progress directly into laboratory-based work such as a lab technician or other careers where science is required e.g. dental nursing or pharmaceutical researcher. Previous students have gone on to further study in areas such as biology, zoology, nursing, pharmacy and chemistry, or into careers within the scientific industry.

Where are you going?

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Zoologist

Further information

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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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVEDSCI

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