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BTEC Applied Science at Sawtry Village Academy

Course description

Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science (equivalent to two A levels)

Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to one A Level)


The applied science sector is diverse and wide-ranging including, for example, biomedical, forensic, physical and chemical sciences. Almost 6 million people are employed in science-related occupations in the UK - approximately 20 per cent of the workforce. The applied science sector has a crucial role to play in delivering economic growth and allowing companies to compete in a rapidly enlarging global market.


Units studied include the principles and application of science (biology, chemistry and physics), practical scientific and laboratory techniques, science investigation skills and an investigative project. There are also 19 optional modules which range from materials science to genetics, medical physics to forensic science.


The qualification enables students to acquire substantial cross-sector knowledge and practical skills, including laboratory tasks, investigations, collecting, analysing and presenting data, and reviewing and refining practical methodology.


The course consists of a variety of internally and externally assessed units. Each of these are graded as pass, merit or distinction which lead to an overall grading at the end of two years’ study.  Progress is measured with examinations and set tasks. In a set task learners are assessed by completing a vocational task in a limited timeframe.

Entry requirements

Average points score of 38+ and at least grade C in GCSE English and/ or maths.

Future opportunities

This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to applied science and related employment, after further study at university. However, it also supports students progressing directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students 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 or medical technician.


All our previous students have achieved a minimum of 200 UCAS points (on previous specifications) with some cohorts achieving nearly 50% D*D* (the top grade). Students have gone on to study Biology, Forensic Science and Biomedical Sciences at top universities, with one student gaining a scholarship.  Others have entered the workplace to pursue, for example, a career with the police and as a phlebotomist at Peterborough City Hospital. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sawtry Village Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015
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  • Start date: Next September