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Applied Biology BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course will enable you to study Biology and its application in a theoretical and practical way. You will learn through independent research and by completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

This course is equivalent to one A level and can be combined with other sciences or non-science subjects such as Health and Social Care, Psychology and Sociology. Three units will be completed each year.

Course content

Whilst on this course you will experience a wide range of activities and assessments. Assignments and coursework as well as more practical assessment form a large part of this course. You will work independently and in groups and will use a variety of methods to present your work, such as posters, leaflets, scientific reports, whole class presentations and videos. You will need to conduct a significant amount of independent research to be successful on the course and will find, analyse and draw conclusions from a variety of media.


Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science - In this unit, you will learn many of the ideas upon which the other units are based and start to develop your practical skills.

Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques - You will learn a range of techniques to make, analyse and test substances.

Unit 11 Physiology of Human Body Systems - You will investigate some of the organ systems of the human body and how they work together. You will use appropriate tests to investigate the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic systems and the organisation of cells and tissues.

Unit 13 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques - You will investigate biological molecules, enzymes, metabolic pathways and the structure of proteins.

Unit 18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering - You will develop an understanding of the principles of Mendelian genetics and develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories.

Unit 12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction - You will explore the kidney and its role in regulation of body fluids. The organisation and function of the nervous system, homeostatic mechanisms, and the human reproductive system.

Entry requirements

To start any BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma course you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

In addition you must also have GCSE Science grade C OR BTEC First Diploma at Merit, GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade D.


Exam Board - Edexcel

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for a career in a variety of science based industries or for entry to an appropriate university course. This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in working in the fields of Pathology, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science or Pharmaceuticals.

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree in subjects such as Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Science or Pharmacology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years