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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Monkseaton High School

Course description

This Level 3 qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level. It is designed for learners who are interested in learning about science alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. It has a work related focus and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the vocational sector.

Key Skills

  • Time management, planning and organisation
  • Practical and analytical skills
  • Synoptic overview of the relevance of science in society
  • Collaboration, communication and independent enquiry.

Course content

Mandatory Units:

Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science 1 (Externallyassessed unit)

This unit covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications. This unit is assessed by an examination.

Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Internally-assessed unit)

Learners will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.

Unit 3 Science Investigation Skills (Externally-assessed unit)

Learners will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. This unit will be assessed through a set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Plus, one optional unit that is internally assessed.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE and at least C in Core and Additional Science and 5 in English and Maths. Students could also access the course with a Merit in BTEC Level 2 Applied Science.


4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%).

External assessment (58%).

Qualifications are graded using a scale of P to D* Learners must achieve all external units at pass grade or above. Learners are permitted to resit any external assessment only once during their programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Monkseaton High School directly.

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September