BTEC in Applied Science

Science is the basis for much of our life. Agricultural science dictates how our food is produced, biomedical science keeps us healthy, physics and mechanical science takes from place to place, even our beds these days are constructed according to scientific principles (or so the ads tell us!). We almost literally eat, sleep and breathe science! As we prepare the next generation of consumers, voters, creators, and policy makers it is critical to ensure they are not only comfortable but adept in science.

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.”

Claude Lévi-Strauss

Entry requirements

Alongside the general entry requirements to Sixth Form, students must have a grade 6 in Separate science or Combined science), and a 6 in Maths Gcse

Course description

The acknowledged number of guided learning hours for this qualification is 360. It is made up of four units.

    1. Principles and applications of Science – Learners will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to biology, chemistry and physics. Written examination.
    2. Practical scientific procedures and techniques – Learners are introduced to new experimental techniques, reinforcing methods met previously and developing practical skills including accuracy and precision. Learners will research the background to a number of analytical and experimental techniques in an applied or vocational context. Internally assessed.
    3. Science investigation skills – Learners are set a two part task, where they have to complete an experiment under timed conditions, and then complete a written task based upon their findings. The task aims to test the student’s ability to plan, record, process, analyse and evaluate scientific findings. Written examination.
    4. The human body – The human body is a complex mix of organs and organ systems. Knowledge of how they function to maintain human life is an essential part of the study of human physiology. In this unit, you will focus on three body systems: musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive. You will examine each of the systems as a functioning unit, identifying their structure and function. By exploring the anatomy of these systems, through experimentation and use of simulations, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of their role in the human body. Internally assessed.

Exam board

BTEC National Applied Science – Level 3


4 units of which 2 are internal and 2 are external. External assessment (58%).