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Applied Science - BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Worthing College

Course description

This course investigates biology, chemistry and physics topics. As well as providing basic information, it looks at how science is used in every day situations.

The course involves a lot of research, completing tasks based on a variety of scientific ideas. Much of the work is covered during practical investigations and you will learn about laboratory safety and good practice.

Students on this course also participate in work experience.

Course content

Each award is equivalent to 1 GCSE. Each award is made up of 4 Mandatory Units. These mandatory units cover aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and focus on how our knowledge of these sciences is used in everday life.

The 4 units in Application of Science look at how scientific knowledge is applied and is more practical in nature. 

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D; including science or maths GCSE at grade D.


One Mandatory Unit in each award (Principles of science and Scientific skills) are assessed by exams. The rest of the units are all assessed by coursework. You complete between 4 and 6 tasks in each of the 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

This course prepares you for employment, possibly in an area that uses science, and gives you a good grounding to go on to level 3 course at Worthing College such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science) or the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. It is not usually a route to science A Levels unless you achieve very high grades.

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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