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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Excelsior Academy

Course description

This course is a brilliant opportunity for students who want to continue their studies in science particularly for those students who wish to study science in a more job-related and practical context. It will also suit students who wish to study science further but have not achieved the grades required for individual science at A Level.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Applied Science qualification is made up of the Level 3 Certificate (equivalent to one AS Level), and the Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A Level). In year 12 students study 3 compulsory units, these are:

Unit 1: Fundamentals in Science
Unit 2: Working in the Science Industry
Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques

Once these units are completed you will then go onto study three units on more specialist areas of science in year 13:

Optional Units:
Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biochemical techniques
Unit 20: Medical Physics Techniques

This course builds up the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the science industry and gives students the opportunity to develop these skills in working laboratories, through links with hospitals and universities.

Entry requirements

C grade in GCSE Core and Additional Science
C grade in GCSE Maths
C grade in GCSE English


Students will be assessed through production of a portfolio of assignment work based around practical experience, experimentation and research. To pass a unit, every pass criterion needs to be achieved. To gain a merit, all the pass and merit criteria need to be achieved. To gain a distinction, all the pass, merit and distinction criteria need to be achieved.

Future opportunities

If students complete the Subsidiary Diploma (two years of study) they will have completed more specialist units in particular areas of science eg Applied Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Successful students could go on to university in a number of subjects or would be ideally placed to pursue a career in a science laboratory environment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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