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Applied Physics BTEC Level 3 Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma at Worthing College

Course description

This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of Applied Physics to an advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assessments that are based on topics that are linked to the application of physics, electronics and mechanics in the workplace. You have the chance to learn scientific practical techniques relating materials testing and electronic devices and there will be visits to help give you 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 units:

  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials.
  • Electrical and Electronics Principles.
  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace.

In year 2, for the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma there are three units:

  • Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits.
  • The Principles of Photonics.
  • Mechanical Principles and applications.

These are subject to change as new units options are often presented by the exam board.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade, including two grade Cs in GCSE Science and a grade C in GCSE Mathematics.


Each year all three units are assessed as coursework. There are no exams. You complete a number of tasks in each of the three units, then each unit is given a grade based on the pass, merit, distinction level achieved. 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 may wish to progress to higher or further education or an apprenticeship. Students may be particularly interested in moving on to foundation degrees in electronic engineering or engineering.

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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