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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Derby College

Course description

This course will give learners a substantial common core of knowledge – including fundamentals of science, scientific practical techniques, working in the science industry, scientific investigations, perceptions of science and using mathematical tools in science.

Course content

Units cover:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Using Mathematical Tools
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Biochemistry

Entry requirements

You need five A to C grades at GCSE, including two Cs at GCSE Science or an equivalent BTEC qualification.


Each unit will be assessed by up to 18 assignments which are internally marked then externally verified.

Future opportunities


The science sector of the economy offers huge potential for interested learners. The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in renewable energy (Good Energy, Ecotricity, Utility Warehouse); space (Surrey Satellites, UK Space Agency, Starchaser - remember Rosetta?); low carbon (Energy, Green buildings, Fabrics, Architecture, Transport, Wind, Solar, Biomass); pharmaceutical (Glaxo SmithKline, Astra Zeneca, Lilly); utilities (EON, Scottish and Southern Power); automotive (Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Vauxhall); agri-food (ICI, Fisons); bioscience (Wellcome Foundation); health care (NHS, Bupa); oil and gas (BP, Shell); and household chemical (Proctor and Gamble, Unilever).

Further study  

Many universities offer places with applied courses. The huge benefit of this Diploma is that, with no exams, you will have a body of evidence to apply for courses really early - so increasing your chances of getting in. It is worth seeing what university courses will accept by looking at their web pages. Many require a DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) pass rate.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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