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Applied Science BTEC Level 3

Studying Applied Science at The Sixth

Introduction by Science Subject Specialist:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  Edexcel
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 4 at GCSE. 
This course takes up 2 of your 3 courses studied in the Sixth Form.  In addition to Applied Science, you would need to study one A Level course of your choice, assuming you have achieved the grade required to study that A Level.

Why study this course?
If you want a future career in Science but are not sure which Science to pick, the Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent choice. It covers a wide range of topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills which are highly desirable for a job in the Sciences. 

What will I learn?

You will further the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare for employment or further education. You will learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics and will develop your practical and vocational skills.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by three specialist Science teachers (in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) over 10 hours a week.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You should be spending six hours a week to consolidate your learning as well as completing homework activities and assignments.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are interested in Science and enjoy a learning environment that is mainly practical and coursework based, with some assessments.

Course Description

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science is equivalent to two A Levels. You will study six mandatory units:

Unit 1:  Principles and Applications of Science I
Unit 2:  Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
Unit 3:  Science Investigation Skills
Unit 4:  Laboratory Techniques and their application
Unit 5:  Principles and Applications of Science II
Unit 6:  Investigative Project

You will also study two optional units, which have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas.


You will complete internal and external assessments in the form of coursework and exams. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified.

For more information, contact Miss V Sharma