Applied Science

Applied Science is an ideal course if you are aiming for a broad range of science-related careers, such as laboratory work, forensic analysis, nursing, primary teaching or simply wish to study science to complement other A Level subjects.

This course allows you to study how science is applied in many different types of professions and industries. The focus of the course is scientific usage, concentrating on how scientists and others use science in their work.

You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment in the science sector, including essential employability skills, and the opportunity to apply them in context.

This course is a BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science (equivalent in size to an AS Level) and is designed to be taken alongside two AS Levels over one academic year. Following completion of the Certificate, you can progress in your second year to the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (which is equivalent in size to an A Level).


This qualification provides a route into a variety of applied science and science-related Higher Education courses, when taken alongside A Levels appropriate for the desired course of study.

Courses at university include: biomedical sciences, forensic science and food and nutritional sciences.

Careers range from medical opportunities through to employment in conservation and environmental projects or roles such as engineers, dieticians, technicians and research scientists.

How to apply

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Course detail

Start date: September 2019

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades 9 to 4. Minimum grade 4 in Science or Merit in BTEC Applied Science

Study units

Units in the first year (Certificate) are:

  • Fundamentals of science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques

Units in the second year (Subsidiary Diploma) are:

  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Energy changes, sources and applications
  • Practical chemical analysis


Assessment in both years of the course is by internally assessed assignments.