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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College

Course description

This course is ideal for students who:
  • Enjoy the practical hands on element of Science
  • Prefer portfolio work to written examinations
  • May wish to pursue a scientific course in Higher Education
  • Do not wish to follow the traditional advanced courses
  • May wish to go into employment in the Science industry
You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic scenarios in the scientific workplace. The course provides a specialist work related programme of study and covers the key scientific knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue a scientific related career or course in Higher Education.
This course is either a six (Single(S)/Subsidiary Diploma) or twelve (Double (D)/Diploma) unit qualification. Both the single and double qualifications have a common core of units. The single qualification is equivalent to one A level whilst the double is equivalent to two A levels. Both qualifications include the study of all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) as well as some Mathematics and ICT.

Examples of assignments include designing a laboratory, analysing blood test results, designing a fitness programme,  forensically testing unknown compounds and identifying them, producing a poster on organ systems and presenting it to the group, carrying out and reporting on the energy efficiency of electric heaters and motors and a work experience placement with the school science technicians.


You will complete a wide variety of assignments and can be assessed in a number of different ways. Sometimes students are assessed undertaking practical demonstrations or projects, handling scientific equipment or building models. They can be asked to produce leaflets or posters and give written or verbal presentations. When relevant, students also have the opportunity to design their own experiments and write up their findings.

Future opportunities

A BTEC Science qualification can prepare you for a number of different roles within the Science industry including:
  • Working as a quality control technician /analyst, where the employee works in a production plant laboratory carrying out analytical tests using modern instrumentation, ICT and data interpretation
  • Working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of X-ray and other imaging / scanning equipment
  • Working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs. Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products
  • Working in the chemical industry, involved with testing materials
  • Working with the forensic science service or using their analytical skills in the chemical industry
  • Working in chemical companies developing fertilisers and other plant feeds
  • Working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments
  • Working in a biotechnology laboratory carrying out fermentation and purification process

Alternatively a BTEC Science qualification could lead you into Higher Education to follow courses such as:

  • Nursing
  • Forensic Science and Criminology
  • Sports Science
  • Health and Social Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Science
  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Development

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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