Applied Science (Diploma)

What does the course involve?

A mixture of Physics, Chemistry and Biology presented in a fun, engaging, exciting and inspiring way. The course is equivalent to two A Levels and allows you to present your work in different ways, such as live presentations to class, role play scenarios, video production or poster design, so you can showcase and express your units creatively. Applied Science students are encouraged to work together as a team and give each other feedback so everyone feels comfortable in the class environment. There is also a lot of support available from teachers if you do struggle with any topic, plus opportunities for challenge too if you’re excelling in units. Applied Science is studied as a Diploma, allowing you to combine it with another BTEC or A Level subject.

Course Outline

Components of Course
Module 1: Principle & Application of Science
Module 2: Practical Scientific Techniques

To complete the award, we will be selecting two Optional Units from specific groups. It is highly likely we will be offering the specific Biomedical Pathway with modules such as:

Module 3: Scientific Investigation Skills
Module 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application in Industry
Module 5: Principle & Application of Science 2
Module 6: Vocational Research Project
Module 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Module 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction
Module 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
Module 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Module 12: Diseases and Infections

For your investigative project, you will choose your own topic and write a research proposal.

The BTEC structure requires students to complete a mixture of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed examinations.

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths and English, and two grade 4s in Science.


Applied Science is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. Links are made between the theory covered and real situations. There are a range of apprenticeships within the science field that are promoted.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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