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Applied Science: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

This vocational qualification will provide you with the practical scientific skills required to move into many areas of scientific employment and training. Furthermore it will expand on your knowledge of the three sciences giving you a broad and transferable foundation.

Course content

Over the 2 years there are 3 mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Principles and application of science. This unit covers some of the key scientific concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics such as the structure and function of cells, atoms and elements and wave formation as well as their application in an industrial context. This unit is assessed as a written exam
  • Unit 2: Practical scientific procedures and techniques. students will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques such as calibration, chromatography, calorimeter and laboratory safety. These skills are designed to prepare students for work in the chemical and life science industries. This is a coursework unit that is internally marked.
  • Unit 3: science investigation skills. This unit takes the form of an externally set task. students are set a task for which they have to write an investigative plan. This will include such things as a hypothesis, method for data collection and a list of variables and how they are controlled.


    The course concludes with one further biology based coursework unit, which will be designed to allow students to move into vocational biological industries such as nursing, physiotherapy or sports science.


Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language, Level 4 Maths and Level 4 in Science.


Courses are assessed through continuous assessment of written and practical work. There are no external exams. The course will allow students to acquire a science qualification required for an intended career in science or HE course.


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

A career of further education in most scientific fields particularly popular areas of study and employment have been  biomedical science, analytical and forensic science, physical science, midwifery and many more.


Further information

How much private study should I expect to do?
5 hours per week outside College

What materials will I need to purchase?
Well equipped pencil case, including scientific calculator.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you have an interest in all sciences, you enjoy practical work and can do well in exams, or you would like to go on to a career in science.

This subject is not for you if…
you are poorly organised, struggle to manage your time effectively and often fail to meet deadlines.






“You can’t remember lots of information and don’t do well in exams.”

Brandon Lakin, Horbury Academy


“This course really helped me get on the course I wanted at university.”

Harriet Gusterson, Carleton Community High School



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: 02 October 2018
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