Applied Science BTEC Diploma

What will I learn?

The BTEC Diploma in Applied Science consists of 6 mandatory units plus a further 7 optional units that provide a total combination of 120 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

Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques: chemical separation techniques

Unit 5 Perceptions of Science: influence of the media on science

Unit 6  Using Mathematical Tools in Science: algebraic calculations

Possible ‘Optional’ Units:

Unit 8 Using Statistics in Science: analysing data via statistical tests

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

Unit 13 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques: molecular biology

Unit 18  Genetics and Genetic Engineering: inheritance and  protein synthesis

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

Unit 26 Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions: A look at the chemical industry

Unit 44 Astronomy: observing the Solar System and wider universe

Entry Requirements

A GCSE Science qualification at grade C 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.
GCSE (old) Points Average 4.0 or above including 5 C grades.

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 additional 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 career in science or medically related careers
  • want to gain a broad understanding of science
  • have a strong interest in the work of scientists in a range of different fields
  • enjoy learning through practical based activities
  • wish to take a course which is assessed entirely by coursework

What next?

You could progress into a science-based higher education course or into science-based training and employment. This BTEC Diploma would need to be studied alongside another AS/A Level science subject to give you entry on to a degree-level science course.



  • BTEC Level 3


  • Science


  • 16+

Get in touch

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

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


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