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Applied Science - (Biology and Chemistry options) BTEC Level 3 Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma at Worthing College

Course description

This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of Biology/ Chemistry to an advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assessments that are based on some topics that are linked to medical science. If you focus on Biology you look at the major body systems, how they work and what happens when they go wrong. If you focus on Chemistry you will look at chemical analysis and laboratory techniques, and industrial applications of chemistry. You have the chance to learn scientific practical techniques and get an insight into what it is like to work in the science industry

Course content

In year 1, for the BTEC Level 3 Certificate there are three core units:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques

These are common to the Biology or Chemistry options.

After success in your first year you can progress to take Biology or Chemistry options in your second year to achieve the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. A choice of options is made by the College and depends on which specialists are available to deliver the course, though we do try to take student preferences into account where we can.

Biology options cover aspects such as the physiology of human body systems, human regulation and reproduction, and microbiology.

Chemistry options cover aspects such as practical chemical analysis and lab techniques, the periodic table and industrial applications of chemistry

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade including two grade Cs in GCSE Science or a First Diploma in Applied Science at Merit level and a minimum grade D at Maths GCSE.


All six units are assessed as coursework. There are no exams. You complete between four and six tasks in each of the six units, then each unit is given a grade. These grades are then added together to give you your final result: pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

Future opportunities

If you want to enter employment straight away you could work in areas such as a hospital or pharmaceutical laboratory. Alternatively, you my wish to progress to higher or further education or an apprenticeship.

This course is not normally a route into highly competitive areas such as Medicine, Dentistry or Physiotherapy. However, it does qualify you to progress to ralated options such as nursing, paramedicine or pharmacology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016
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