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BTEC Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma

Applied Science

What is Applied Science?

If you work best through practical investigation and enjoy learning about how things work, how Science affects the world around you and how it is used in the workplace and industry, then the BTEC in Applied Science may be the right choice for you.

By developing your knowledge in the three main disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics through the Applied Science course, you will gain a thorough understanding of scientific knowledge within a vocational context.

What Will You Study?

In the first year of the course you will complete a range of units covering the fundamentals of Science, where you will study the basic building blocks of the three core Science disciplines – from chemical reactions to energy transfer. You will develop practical skills through multiple practical based units and carry out independent research tasks.

In the second year of the course, you will continue to develop your practical skills, whilst completing multiple units in Physics, Chemistry and Biology – including how the body works, medical physics and how to control chemical reactions.

What Next?

The course will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required to either enter employment as a Science Technician, or to progress onto university to study science related courses. The vast majority of Applied Science students gain careers in laboratory analysis, diagnostic radiography, chemistry, biomedical science, marine biology, physiotherapy, forensics, research, teaching or nursing.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least five 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths.

Course Type

BTEC Extended Certificate and Extended Diploma

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Maths, Statistics, Sport and Health & Social Care.

Did you know?

The only letter not appearing on the Periodic Table is the letter “J”.


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