Applied Science

WHAT IS BTEC APPLIED SCIENCE?

BTEC Applied Science is a coursework based level 3 Science course which provides the opportunity to apply your learning to industry based scenarios. You will be assessed on the application of your learning to real-world situations.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

The BTEC course at RSFC offers 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 give you the skills you need to succeed at University and in the Science Industry. Although all students study a common first year course, in the 2nd year you are able to specialise in Medical Science, Applied Science or Forensic Science to suit your interests.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM BTEC APPLIED SCIENCE?

Much of the content in the BTEC 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 BTEC 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.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

Around two thirds of the course will be assessed by coursework, which will be completed on an ongoing basis throughout the 2 years of the course. The remaining third of the course will be assessed by tests under examined conditions – this will involve a mixture of formal examinations and practical tasks.

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 BTEC Applied Science is the course for you! You will apply your learning to real-world scenarios and develop the skills to progress to further study or employment within the science industry.

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 including areas such as Nursing, Radiography, Physiotherapy and a range of other healthcare related courses. You could also progress into Science related employment including higher apprenticeships and school leavers’ schemes.

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

  • Five GCSEs at grade A* - C, covering at least four different subjects, to include English Language and Maths.