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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma or Diploma in Applied science at Rutlish School

Course description

This qualification will give you a good level of understanding about all aspects of Applied Science. The aim of the course is for it to be “hands on”, but there are high levels of scientific theory as well

There are two sizes of qualification available in Applied Science; the Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A’ level and the Diploma is equivalent to 2 A’ Levels. Students could combine Applied Science BTEC with Health and Social care BTEC level 3

Course content

For the Subsidiary Diploma, you will study three Core Units in: Fundamentals of Science; Working in the Science Industry and Scientific Practical Techniques. In addition students will study units such as – Physiology of Human Body Systems; Chemical Laboratory Techniques and Astronomy.

For the Diploma you will study six Core Units in Fundamentals of Science; Working in the Science Industry; Scientific Practical Techniques; Scientific Investigations; Perceptions of Science and Using Mathematical Tools in Science. In addition students will study units such as Mathematical Calculations for Science; Physiology of Human Body Systems; Microbiological Techniques; Medical Physics Techniques; Chemical Laboratory Techniques; Industrial applications of Chemical Reactions; Astronomy

Entry requirements

GCSE Core Science Grade C or BTEC L2 Applied Science Merit


All completed units are internally assessed at RR6 and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students who achieve all Distinctions in all their units receive an overall grade of Distinction+. A variety of methods are used including case studies, experimental write ups, research projects, projects, portfolio, witness statements and videoed presentations. Students are assessed constantly over the two years

Future opportunities

This course provides a basis for progression into higher education and degree courses such as biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, computing, nursing, radiography, pharmacology, forensic science and many others. The course also provides the appropriate background into employment with possible career-related further qualification. The pathways taken could be aligned to medical, forensic or industrial career options.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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