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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Helston Community College

Course description

You have a passion for science, but prefer independent study to traditional teacherled exam based courses. This course has been designed to provide students with an insight into the work of scientists, including biomedical scientists, through experimental techniques, research projects and presentations. It is a 2 year course and carries equivalent UCAS points to two GCE A levels.

Course content

The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science has 6 mandatory units, three are externally assessed and three are internally assessed and 2 optional units both of which are internally assessed.

Mandatory Units

  • Principles and Applications of Science I – external exam
  • Practical Scientifi c Procedures and Techniques - internally assessed
  • Science Investigation Skills – externally assessed practical project
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application – internally assessed
  • Principles and Applications of Science II – external exam
  • Investigative Project – internally assessed Optional Units
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Biomedical Science

Entry requirements

You will need the general college requirements of 4 A*-C including Science, Maths and English.


The BTEC National Diploma is assessed on coursework and external exams undertaken over the two years of study. Assignments are set in each of the six units and are based on the investigations undertaken. Assessments may take any of the following forms:

  • Practical reports
  • Portfolios of work
  • Research assignments
  • Practical investigations
  • Presentations

The marks achieved on all of these assignments combine to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* (equivalent in UCAS points to A level grades E, C, A and A*, respectively)

Future opportunities

The requirements of the qualifi cation will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. The qualifi cation carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements for many relevant courses. Taken on its own, the National Diploma in Applied Science will off er the opportunity to progress to some science-related degree courses. Taken alongside other qualifi cations, it will prepare learners to progress to a wider range of degree programmes. For example, taken alongside:

  • a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certifi cate in Health and Social Care to progress to nursing courses
  • an A Level in Psychology to progress to psychology courses
  • an A Level in Geography to progress to environmental science courses.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specifi c higher education providers.

This qualifi cation is primarily designed to support progression to applied science and related employment after further study at university. However, it also supports learners progressing directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give learners an advantage when applying for a range of entry-level industry training programmes and/or Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as laboratory technician, industrial technician, medical technician.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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