Level 3 - Applied Science

  • Exam Board: Edexcel BTEC
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specific Entry Requirements: 2 GCSE Sciences grade 9-4 and a sound mathematical ability.

The Applied Science course is a course designed to give you a practical introduction to science. It is an exciting opportunity for you to study all three sciences through a more vocational approach. Topics covered include applied experimental techniques and science in the modern world, undertaking a scientific investigation and optional units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Studying this qualification enables you to develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as those scientific practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers to be most important. The qualification also offers you an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem-solving, research and communication as part of your applied learning. A mixture of internal and external assessments means you can apply their knowledge in a practical way.

You will benefit from the following resources and facilities:

  • experienced specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with industrial experience in the applied science sector.
  • dedicated, well-equipped scientific laboratories.
  • a variety of general and specific reference material, both physical and electronic.

The fundamental philosophy of Applied Science is that, in order to understand the nature of science, you must actively experience the science environment. The units that are examined will combine traditional whole class teaching, individual and whole group research activities as well as practical investigations. Units that are assessed by portfolio work will be delivered primarily through developing investigative skills and you are expected to complete a full written investigation of the work carried out. A draft portfolio is marked by the teacher and returned with guidelines on how to improve to achieve your target grade.

This course is ideal for those who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in the applied science sector. The qualification is supported by a range of universities, and taken alongside other qualifications. It can fulfil the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic and sports science, as well as nursing.<