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Applied Science at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Course description

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is a 2 year course aimed at students who want to study an alternative Science based course to A Levels and is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level. As well as learning about different scientific principles from across the spectrum of sciences, a variety of skills, such as IT, time management and research skills will be developed that are applicable to many different careers.

Assessment is via a portfolio assembled throughout the two years that must meet fixed grading criteria.

The students who take this course must therefore be self-motivated, consistent workers who are able to act on feedback given to improve their work to meet the necessary course requirements.

Entry requirements

A minimum of at least one Grade B in GCSE Science / Additional Science or a merit at Level 2 BTEC Applied Science.

Students who gain two C Grades at GCSE Science / Additional Science may be accepted onto the course at the discretion of the Head of Science.


Year 1

You will study 3 core units:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Practical Activities

Year 2

You will study 3 units from the selection below:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Medical Physics Techniques
  • Biomedical Science Techniques
  • Diseases and Infection

Future opportunities

On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, students would be equipped to enter employment as a science technician or for university courses, such as the Higher National Diploma, in related subjects. Related courses / careers include those such as Nursing, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Biochemistry and Microbiology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Harry Smith Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years