This course provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and develop specific knowledge and skills students need to work successfully in the applied science industry,

The course covers a broad range of topics within the subjects Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The course is predominantly assessed by coursework and each unit requires students to complete several assignments based around "real-life" scenarios.

The course is assessed through the marking of assignments, which are worked on both inside and outside of the classroom. Students are awarded a pass, merit or distinction for each assignment.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D including English, Maths and 2 Sciences.
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What will I study?

Equivalent to: 

  • 4 GCSEs

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson Education Ltd

Course Content

There are 8 mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Principles of Science
  • Unit 2: Chemistry and Our Earth
  • Unit 3: Energy and Our Universe
  • Unit 4: Biology and Our Universe
  • Unit 5: Applications of Chemical Substances
  • Unit 6: Applications of Physical Science
  • Unit 7: Health Applications of Life Science
  • Unit 8: Scientific Skills

There are 4 additional units to complete with a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics content

Where does it lead?

Students can progress from this qualification to the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science or complete extended certificates or diplomas within the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First suite. This course does not provide a suitable grounding for the study of science at A level.

Students can also progress to a range of BTEC Level 2 National qualifications in related areas such as Beauty Therapy Science, Health and Social Care, Sport and Exercise Science, Engineering, Construction, Land-based, Pharmacy Services or Dental Technology. Alternatively, they can progress to NVQs such as the Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities or Laboratory Science.