Sixth Form Applied Science

Subject Title: Applied Science

Level : 3

BTEC or AS/ A2 levels: BTEC Nationals Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A level)

Grade ranges: Distinction* Distinction, Merit, Pass

Exam Board: Edexcel

Method of assessment: External written exam, internally set and assessed assignments, practical external assessment

Length of course: 2 years

Information about the course to include units covered

There are 4 mandatory Units:

Principles and Applications of Science 1- assessed by written exam, set and marked externally

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques- assignment based, set and marked internally

Science Investigation Skills- Task set externally and externally marked

Laboratory Techniques and their Application- assignment based, set and marked internally

Two Optional Units:

Physiology of Human Body Systems- assignment based, set and marked internally

Human Regulation and Reproduction- assignment based, set and marked internally


Students studying this course need to be well organised, good at working to deadlines and be interested in Science.

BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level.

Today’s BTEC  Nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learning qualification in the UK. You will have to complete a range of units, be organised, take some assessments that we will set and mark, and keep a portfolio of your assignments. But you can feel proud to achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans in life – whether you decide to study further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or set up your own business – your BTEC National will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.


Entry requirements:  Grade 4 or above at GCSE Science, Core and/or Additional Science

Possible exit routes: Medical Lab Scientist, Science Degree at University, Research Scientist, Apprenticeships