Applied (Medical) Science BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

What will I learn?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science consists of 3 mandatory units plus further optional units (indicated below) that provide a total combination of 60 credits.  The exact units covered may change from year to year, but this is an indication of the likely course structure:

Core Units

Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science: includes cell biology, titrations & calorimetry

Unit 2 Working in the Science Industry: includes laboratory design and safety

Unit 3 Scientific Investigations: microbiology investigation into antibiotics

Second year Medical units

Unit 11 Physiology of Body Systems: physiology of various organ systems

Unit 13 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques: molecular biology

Unit 20 Medical physics techniques: CAT, MRI, PET & X-ray scans


At John Leggott College you may choose another two courses in Science or related subjects such as Psychology, Health & Social Care or PE in order to complete your programme. It is quite common for aspiring nurses and midwifes to take Health and Social Care as their main programme and supplement it with an additional Science subject such as this.

Entry Requirements

A GCSE Science qualification at grade 4 or above or a Level 2 vocational science qualification (eg BTEC or OCR National) at merit or above, and GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

An average GCSE point score of 3.2 or above.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 Years

How will I be assessed?

The course has no formal examinations, so units will be assessed by the completion of appropriate coursework. Students will need to work to set deadlines in order to be successful on this course.

Additional Learning Opportunities

You could choose to take part in other activities such as First Aid, Maths for Scientists, Fitness Instructor Award or Basic Food Hygiene.

Who is this course aimed at?

The BTEC Diploma in Applied Science is attractive to students who:

  • are interested in a medically related career
  • want to gain an understanding of how the human body functions
  • have a strong interest in the work of healthcare practitioners
  • enjoy learning through practical based activities
  • wish to take a course which is assessed by coursework

What next?

You could progress into a science-based higher education course or into science or healthcare-based training and employment. This BTEC Subsidiary Diploma would need to be studied alongside another AS/A Level science subject to give you entry on to a degree level science course. Those wishing to do this may be interested in the full Diploma programme, which is the equivalent of 2 A levels.



  • BTEC Level 3


  • Science


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider