Applied Science (BTEC)

Andy Harrison
Andy Harrison

WHAT IS BTEC APPLIED SCIENCE?

Applied science provides you with the opportunity to apply your scientific learning and knowledge to practical and industry based scenarios. You will be assessed on the application of your learning to real world scenarios.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

Much of the content in the course is based on chemistry and biology. You should expect to study these subjects to the same level of detail as students studying A levels. In addition, the course has some brief sections relating to mathematics and physics, aimed at giving the broad background in science that you might need for later study at university or the workplace.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM BTEC APPLIED SCIENCE?

Applied science at RSFC offers you a practical hands-on approach to science with lots of opportunities to carry out experimental work in our state of the art laboratories. Each unit is tailored to equip you with the skills you need to succeed at university and in the science industry. The diploma is the equivalent of two A levels and all units are graded pass, merit or distinction. Your total score will determine your final grade.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed through coursework completed in class. There will be plenty of opportunities to carry out practical work with units linked to a different science industry. Each lab is well resourced with access to IT facilities.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

 If you enjoy science and are keen to develop your understanding of the practical applications of science within all areas of society then applied science is the subject for you. You will also undertake a work placement within industry or the NHS.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A BTEC APPLIED SCIENCE QUALIFICATION?

There are a wide range of progression opportunities that you can pursue after completing this course. You could choose to progress to higher education to study a science related degree course such as nursing, radiography, physiotherapy and a range of other healthcare related courses.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Students start the first year of the BTEC course by studying Unit 1 (Fundamentals of Science) which covers some core concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. After this, students will study Unit 2 (Working in the Science Industry), Unit 3 (Science Investigation), Unit 4 (Scientific Practical Techniques), Unit 5 (Perceptions of Science), Unit 6 (Using Mathematical Tools for Science) and Unit 18 (Genetics and Genetic Engineering). These Units allow you to explore areas of Biology and Chemistry in more depth as well as providing students with key skills needed to work in scientific industries. In the 2nd year of the BTEC course, students will have the option to specialise in Medical Science, Forensic Science or Applied Science.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

Applied Science students have previously enjoyed trips to Chester Zoo to look at the role of Science in a workplace and to Manchester United’s ground at Old Trafford, where they worked with leading Sports Science professionals.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, grades 4-4 in Combined Science