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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science at Park Hall Academy

Course description

The BTEC Applied Science is an Edexcel vocational course which involves the study of three mandatory units in Year 12 and three optional units in Year 13.  It is most suited for students who enjoy Science but do not want to specialise in totally in one area and it carries 120 UCAS points.

The three mandatory units consist of eleven assignments and the three optional units consist of twelve assignments.


Within the units there will be assignments in form of written essays, practical investigation and presentaions.  Once submitted the assignment is marked and returned with detailed feedback on how to improve on the grade achieved.

Course content

The Mandatory Units are:

Unit 1 - Fundamentals of Science

Unit 2 - Working in the Science Industry

Unit 4 - Scientific Practical Techniques

The Optional Units include:

Unit 11 - Physiology of Human Body Systems

Unit 22 - Chemical Laboratory Techniques

Unit 18 - Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A* - C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (eg BTEC), with at least a C grade in Core and Additional Science.


Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics


Each unit will comprise a number of assignments that need to be completed to meet the pass, merit or distinction grade criteria.  Within the assignments you will be required to research, carry out practical investigations, present information scientifically etc.  You will have a final controlled assessment covering all of the unit.

Future opportunities

You will gain many transferrable skills whilst gaining knowledge and carrying out investigations.  The knowledge that you will gain will prepare you for a range of careers and university courses such as:

Control Analyst

Hospital Technicians

Laboratory Researcher

Scientific Journalist


Chemical Engineer

Forensic Scientist


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park Hall Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September