Summary of course

This programme of study is a practical, work related course aimed at teaching you about the employment area you have chosen and developing the skills you will need to start your career or move into Higher Education.

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

The first year of the course allows you to achieve a Extended Certificate in Applied Science. On successful completion at Merit Level or above you may progress to the second year and complete a Diploma or Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills

Specialist Units:

  • Laboratory Techniques & Their Applications
  • Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed via assignments set within the college. There are two examinations during year one for the science units and exams in maths or English should you be re-sitting those.

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 progressing to Higher Education to study a science-based degree or to employment in a related area such as:

  • A materials testing laboratory in an industry such as construction, paper or plastics manufacture
  • A school or college laboratory
  • An environmental science laboratory
  • Forensic science

Progression and Career Opportunities

If you would 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 a hospital or manufacturing

Note: You cannot progress to be a Doctor, Vet or Dentist from this qualification but you can enter related degrees in Medical Science and Vetinary Science. Some subjects, such as Physics, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy require extra qualifications along side the BTEC.

Entry Requirements for new students

4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including maths and science, English must be at least 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 will be trips/visits planned during the year. Details of these will be posted to you as part of your induction pack.

Course fee information


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