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Applied Science - Level 3 BTEC at Ousedale School

Course description

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science has been developed to reflect science organisations or organisations that use science and enable learners to develop practical scientific skills. The focus is on giving learners the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification to enter employment in sectors that have a basis in science or to progress to higher education qualifications.

In addition, the course will provide learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

We have a track record of delivering highly effective and engaging BTEC and vocational courses at Ousedale and have developed an approach to teaching and learning that supports the specialist vocational nature of BTEC National qualifications. We offer a balance of practical skill development and knowledge requirements, some of which can be theoretical in nature.

Students work towards gaining 60 credits in a variety of units detailed in the ‘Key Information’ column. Evidence of learning will be provided in the form of a portfolio of work and assessed against national criteria for which it is possible to gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The core units will be studied in Year 12 providing an excellent broad knowledge of science and science related industries at Level 3 standard. These core units are mandatory to the Applied Science course and represent 30 credits.

Course content

Year 12 Modules
Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science
Unit 2: Working in the Science Industry
Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques

Year 13 Modules (unit choices may be modified to suit student needs)
Unit 6: Using Mathematical Tools for Science
Unit 8: Using Statistics for Science
Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques

Entry requirements

5 x GCSE A* - C or equivalent including GCSE Science or Level 2 BTEC Applied Science at Merit or above


Portfolio of work is assessed internally and moderated externally.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years