Summary of course

A BTEC qualification is a practical, work-related course aimed at introducing you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

You will study a variety of specialist units from all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, along with maths and English (unless you already have a Grade 4 (C) at GCSE). You may also have the opportunity to study an additional maths qualification aimed at supporting your study of science. Along with these qualifications you may take part in work experience and/or employability sessions.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Chemistry and our Earth
  • Energy and our Universe
  • Biology and our Environment

Specialist Units:

  • The Living Body
  • Principles of Science (External Exam)
  • Biology and our Environment
  • Applications of Chemical Substances
  • Applications of Physical Science
  • Applications of Life Science
  • Scientific Skills (External Exam)

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

The course assessment is mainly based on coursework and assignments which may be graded in a variety of different ways, and can involve students working in teams. There are also two units which are assessed by exams.

English and maths assessment is by final exams.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in Applied Science and wish to eventually enter employment as a Science Technician by studying a further vocational qualification at a higher level.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you can progress to a vocational qualification, such as a BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science, Beauty Therapy or a related Apprenticeship programme or straight into employment.

With further training or study, students go into careers such as:

  • Forensic Science
  • Food Technology
  • Analytical Science
  • Quality Control
  • Environmental Science
  • Working in a Hospital
  • Working for a Scientific Magazine or Journal.

Entry Requirements for new students

4 GCSEs at Grade 3

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be opportunities to take part in visits/trips to a science museum. The cost will be approximately £10 and is payable at enrolment.

Course fee information


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