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Applied Science (BTEC) at Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work related qualifications in a range of vocational contexts. For anyone who sees their future career in Science, the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent starting point. It covers a wide range of topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills from which the theory is then drawn.

PLEASE NOTE: This course could run over the 3 schools. Details of where this course will run in September will be available at a later date.

Course content

This level 3 course will immerse you in the world of Applied Science through discovery and experimentation. Serving as a great alternative to A-Levels, this course is designed specifically for those who prefer hands on experience and practical assignments to theoretical study and exams. The course is assignment based and will give you a broad scientific knowledge in Science that will get you ready for work or university.

The majority of our students progress to universities including Nottingham, Loughborough and Surrey amongst others. They study a wide variety of degrees including Microbiology, Sports and exercise Science, Forensic Science and Physics.

For those students not wishing to progress to university, comprehensive support is provided to help them find alternatives such as employment or apprenticeships.


The BTEC course is very practical with plenty of opportunities to implement the theory that you learn. You can go on a residential field trip to complete a scientific investigation. It is mainly course-work based, which means that you have a very clear understanding of your progress throughout the course, to help you plan and achieve your next steps. Taught by subject specialists, with laboratory experience, you will learn by completing laboratory-based practical assignments, supported self-study assignments, presentations and discussions that are based on real workplace situations, activities and demands.

Biology – including Physiology of the Human Body, Genetics and Biomedical Techniques

Physics – Astronomy, Medical Physics

Chemistry – Applications and Techniques of Chemistry, Chemistry for Technicians

General Science – Working in the Science Industry, Perceptions of Science, Science Fundamentals and Scientific Practical Techniques

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s at grade B/C or above including English and Maths at least a grade 4 and preferably BB/BC at Double Award Science GCSE. Applicants will be considered who gain a C grade in their Science GCSE course.



You will be assessed through our project based learning method; you will work in laboratories to the standards expected in the workplace. The course is 80% assignment based but you will be assessed in a range of ways including:

– Portfolio of Evidence
– Essays/Written Assignments
– Practical Demonstrations
– Case Studies
– Class Activities/Discussions
– Presentations

Financial information

£30.00 deposit to cover all text books to be paid on enrolment day. This will be refunded at the end of your course once your books have been returned to the subject teacher.

£5.00 non-refundable payment for an Access Key Fob to access Gable Hall School, Sixth Form and St Clere's School.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science qualification provides progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes.

Employment possibilities include working in the forensic science service, in a biotechnology laboratory, as a medical physics technician, in the chemical industry, in a research laboratory or as a quality control technician.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 November 2017
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