Applied Science

(Equivalent to 2 A Levels)

This qualification consists of eight units, and combines theory with the practical skills required for a career in the scientific sector. Assessment is through examinations, written coursework and laboratory work. You will also carry out your own independent investigative project. The course covers a mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, building upon GCSE topics to give you a firm grounding in all aspects of science. Particular emphasis is placed on the topics of forensic science, genetics and chemical analysis. Grade C+ in Science is required.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop your understanding of core science concepts and techniques in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

You will learn how science is used in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, law and healthcare.

You will develop your ability to use a wide range of laboratory equipment skilfully and safely to carry out a range of scientific investigations.

You will develop your ability to record, present and analyse your findings according to international scientific standards.

What topics will I study?

BTEC Diploma

  • Unit 1: Principles and application of science I
  • Unit 2: Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Unit 3: Science investigation skills
  • Unit 4: Laboratory techniques and their application
  • Unit 5: Principles and application of science II
  • Unit 6: Investigative project
  • Unit 11: Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Unit 14: Applications of organic chemistry

Where does the course lead?

Career opportunities include scientific and technical posts in laboratories and industry, and progression to a wide variety of degree courses. Past students have gone on to study Biosciences, Forensic Science, Engineering, Nursing, Law and Criminology. To maximise your opportunities to study Forensic Science at degree level, we suggest you study A Level Chemistry.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Rob Harris

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least a grade 4 in Science.

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 54%, Examination = 46%