Applied science

Applied science

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.

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

Subject leader

Andy Harrison

"I have thoroughly enjoyed studying BTEC applied science, it was the best option for me as I do really well with assignment- and essay-based work. This course has enabled me to develop skills such as analysing results, writing scientific reports and time management. From studying science at Rochdale Sixth Form College I have been given many opportunities in science-based careers, but I have chosen to attend university to become a veterinary nurse."

Isabella Zebedee-Howard

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 with 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.


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