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BTEC Applied Science at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy

Course description

This two-year course covers the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigation and practical techniques, perceptions of science and application of numbers. You will also study mathematics, statistics, human physiology, microbiology techniques, genetics and genetic engineering, medical physics techniques, electrical circuits, chemical reactions, chemical periodicity, and organic chemistry.

Course content

You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will focus on a particular area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

You will study 6 core units:

• The fundamentals of science

• Working in the science industry

• Scientific investigation

• Scientific practical techniques

• Perceptions of science

• Application of numbers for science technicians.

You will then complete other specialist units, from the list below:

• Mathematics for science technicians

• Statistics for science technicians

• Physiology of human body systems

• Microbiology techniques

• Genetics and genetic engineering

• Medical physics techniques

• Electrical circuits and its industrial applications

• Industrial applications of chemical reactions

• Chemical periodicity and its applications

• Industrial applications of organic chemistry.

Entry requirements

5 A*- C grades including Maths and English. 

A grade C in science


The units are assessed following specific criteria for each different module of work. Work will be set and assessed in the form of assignments, reports, presentations, observations of others and practical work in a sporting context. This work will be mainly classroom based with support from staff, but independent learning is required as is extensive out of school hours learning. Students will receive pass, merit, distinction or distinction star based on their work with support from the new BTEC assessment framework.

Future opportunities

A HND in Applied Biology, or a degree at university such as BSc Biomedical Science, Radiography, Pharmacology or Forensic Science. If you wish to get a job straight away, you can find employment as a technician in areas such as research laboratories in pharmacies, hospital laboratories, environmental science laboratories, school and college laboratories as well as forensic science laboratories.

Further information

Please contact Mr L. Lal at

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2016
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