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BTEC in Applied Science at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science course is suitable and accessible to students who have a keen interest in science but who prefer a more project based and applied approach to their studies, as opposed to a course based around examinations. The BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science is a vocational or work-related qualification. This means that you will have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to a variety of jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Course content

BTEC Level 3 Certificate
The first year of the course covers three mandatory units (Fundamentals of Science, Working in the Science Industry and Scientific Investigations). The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is equivalent to one GCE AS Level.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
The second year of the course includes three additional units; human physiology, medical physics and chemical laboratory techniques. This is equivalent to one GCE A Level.


The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science have been developed to equip students for either employment in the science sector or to progress to higher BTEC qualifications. It is a broad-based science course where assessed work is completed throughout the two years.

The course is assessed through the completion of ‘assignments’ and is 100% internally assessed with internal and external verification to ensure quality.

This course is suited to those who wish to study science but do not perform at their best in formal examinations.

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There will be opportunities to see science taking place in the work environment through various trips/workplace visits.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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