BTEC Applied Science

Available at:

BTEC EXTENDED CERTIFICATE (1 A-Level Equivalent)
BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA (3 A-Level Equivalent)

Subject Intent: Why Applied Science?

Applied Science is an Applied General qualification for students who want to continue their science education. The course allows students progression onto science courses in Higher Education and jobs in this sector without achieving an A-Level qualification in a science subject. In addition to organisation skills and analytical skills developed in preparation for exams, students will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills students need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training. The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. For example, taken alongside Mathematics, Physics and Design and Technology, to progress to engineering related courses, Health and Social Care to progress to nursing or midwifery courses. The optional unit studied is chemistry based, which will support students applying to Biomedical Science or Forensic Science courses at university.

Why should I study this subject?

Applied Science is an excellent choice of subject if you enjoy science, particularly the practical side of the subject. It allows you to develop your understanding in all three sciences; biology, chemistry and physics and to develop the skills to solve real life, scientific problems. Throughout the course, you’ll learn how collect data, how to evaluate it and how to draw conclusions, skills that will help you, not just in higher education and employment, but throughout life.

What will I study?

• Principles and applications of science: you will study topics ranging from cells, atomic structure and bonding to waves and communications.
• Practical scientific procedures and techniques: you will study practical techniques ranging from titrations, colorimetry, calorimetry and chromatography.
• Science investigation skills: you will develop your scientific skills including recording and interpreting data and analysing and evaluating scientific findings.
• Applied science: a unit in which you further develop your theory and practical skills.

“Applied Science is a very interesting course and will develop you as a person in ways you wouldn’t have thought possible. For me, practical work and experiments are my favourite aspect of this course because they are very hands on, and the outcomes can be so surprising.”

Courtney Towers, Lightcliffe Academy

What are the entry requirements?

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