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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Community School

Course description

The applied science sector is diverse and wide ranging, including, for example, biomedical, forensic, physical and chemical sciences. There are approx. 5.8 million people employed in applied science occupations in the UK. This equates to approximately 20% of the workforce. The applied science sector has a crucial role to play in delivering economic growth in the UK and allowing companies to compete in a rapidly enlarging global market.

Course content

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the applied science sector.

Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units:
- Principles and Application of Science I.
- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.
- Science Investigation Skills.
- One further unit will then be studied taken from one of the main science content areas, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C in core and additional science or separate science.


Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
This is a written examination set and marked by Pearson. It is 1.5 hours long and worth 90 marks. It will cover areas from Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, and a further unit decided when the course starts are both all assignment based and marked internally with some external moderation

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

The supervised assessment is arranged over two sessions in a three-week period timetabled by Pearson. The supervised assessment sessions are 3 hours for Part A and 1.5 hours for Part B. Practical investigation and written submission worth 60 marks.

If unit 1 and 3 are completed in year 1 there should be a chance for a re-take in year 2 if necessary (following confirmation from Pearson).

Future opportunities

This course is equivalent in size to 1 A Level. It is for students interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in applied science. Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2017

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