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Applied Science

About the course:

The BTEC Applied Science course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding and apply these where science is used. To enable students to appreciate and evaluate the impact that scientific work has on society and to prepare students for further study on a course in science or in a science-related subject, or for training in a science-related occupation;

The assessment structure comprises six mandatory units and then a choice of two more additional units


The 6 Mandatory units are:

Principles and Applications of Science 1 - This unit covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications... This unit is assessed through examination at the end of the first year.


Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques - Learners will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries. This unit is assessed through portfolio work.


Scientific Investigation Skills - Learners will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. In this unit, you will develop the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigations. As well as drawing on Unit 1 and Unit 2, these skills will be delivered through subject themes ranging from enzymes and diffusion to electrical circuits. This unit will be examined in the second year.


Laboratory Techniques and their Application -. This unit covers the importance of health and safety in work place laboratories, how data is stored and communicated and how organic liquids and solids are made and tested industrially. This unit is delivered in the second year and is assessed through portfolio work.


Principles and Applications of Science 2 - This unit builds on and extends the range of key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics that were covered in Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I. This unit includes: properties, uses and production of some inorganic compounds; structures, reactions and properties of commercially important organic compounds; enthalpy changes; the cardiovascular system; ventilation and gas exchange in the lungs; urinary system structure and function; cell transport mechanisms; thermal physics; physical properties of materials; and fluids in motion. This unit is assessed through external examination in the second year of the course.


Investigative project - The unit is based around working as a research scientist, setting up an idea, testing it and then reporting the findings. This unit is assessed through portfolio work.

Optional units can include; Microbiology, Genetics, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Electrical Circuits, and Applications of Inorganic Chemistry among many others.


What is expected of you:

You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time. You will need to have a passion for science and be able to cope with the pressures of a demanding course.


What it prepares you for:

Higher Education                                                     

  • Radiography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Forensic Science
  • Applied Science


  • Technician
  • Dietician
  • Radiographer
  • Forensic scientist



How will it be assessed?

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I- Written examination, 1.5 hours- 90 marks.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills- Practical investigation and written submission. 60 marks.

Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II- Written examination, 2 hours-120 marks.

All other units are assessed portfolio work.


Entry requirements:

At least five GCSEs at grades 5-9

Students who wish to take BTEC Applied Science you need to achieve 7-9 grades at GCSE Science


Qualification details:

BTEC Nationals Applied Science NQF Level 3 Diploma.


For more information:

Please talk to you science teacher about the possibility of studying BTEC Applied Science in the sixth form, or you may choose to talk to one of the people listed below:

Senior Lead Science: Mrs K Weston

Lead Teacher Science: Mr P Woodward