Accessibility links

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science at Holmer Green Senior School

Course description

BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.

The course is suitable for anyone who is planning to enter work directly or wishes to proceed to Higher Education. After completing the course, students can pursue careers in areas such as hospital laboratory work, food science, scientific research, and health related professions.

The two year course is a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to 1 A* - E grade at A Level. The teaching for the course will involve a mixture of lecturing, practical work, personal research, group research, discussion, and visits to local businesses. The course consists of an even mix of biology, chemistry, and physics topics. In the first year of study students will complete three mandatory units. Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science can be gained at the end of the year pending their successful completion. In the second year students will go on to complete a further three optional units, successful completion of which will result in achievement of Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science.

Course content

Year 1

Mandatory Units
- Fundamentals of Science
- Working in the Science Industry
- Scientific Practical Techniques

Optional Units Include
- Criminal Psychology
- Chemical laboratory Techniques
- Criminology
- Forensic Photography
- Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis

Entry requirements

Two Grade Cs in GCSE Science or Merit at BTEC First Extended Certificate or Diploma.


BTEC National qualifications are assessed 100% internally in the form of assignments that students complete and use to form a portfolio of their work. There are no exams to be completed. There are three levels that can be awarded upon successful completion of the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science as described below.

Future opportunities

BTEC Applied Science gives students a good grounding to go straight on into Laboratory based employment such as Lab Technicians, or to advance into further study, and is particularly suitable for progression onto vocational, science based degree programmes such as Nursing or Applied Science. Equally the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is suitable for progression onto a range of higher education programmes when combined with other A levels or equivalent.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holmer Green Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
Provider logo

Key information