BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science
One or two years
You will need at least one of the following:
A BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science at Merit level, or
Four GCSEs at Grade C or above (including Science).
The programme is a practical, work-related course aimed at teaching you about the employment area you’ve chosen and developing the skills you’ll need to start your career or move into Higher Education. You’ll learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.
Over the two years, you’ll study 18 units. These may include for example, Fundamentals of Science, Working in the Science Industry, Scientific Investigation, Scientific Practical Techniques, Perceptions of Science, Mathematics for Science Technicians, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Biochemical Techniques, Energy Changes, Sources and Applications, Microbiological Techniques, Electrical Circuits and their Industrial Applications, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Practical Chemical Analysis, Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Principles of Plant and Soil Science, Electronics for Science Technicians, Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions and Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry.
Level 3 BTEC qualifications are highly valued by both Higher Education institutions and employers. If you’d like to continue your studies, you could go to university and study biology, chemistry, forensic science or material science or join an Apprenticeship programme. Alternatively, you could apply to work in:
• A research laboratory in pharmaceuticals
• A quality control laboratory in hospital or manufacturing
• A materials testing laboratory in the construction, paper or plastics industry
• A school or college laboratory
• An environmental science laboratory
• Forensic science.
- Course running at Northampton