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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Applied Science

Applied Science (BTEC)

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science

Why study Applied Science (BTEC)? The applied science industry offers huge potential for learners interested in the sector. The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in sectors including renewable energy, space, low carbon, pharmaceutical, utilities, automotive, agri-food and bioscience.

What will I learn about?

Units offered include fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific practical techniques, perceptions of science, and chemical laboratory techniques.

How is it taught?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is a 60- credit and 360 guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of two mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits (where at least 45 credits must be at level 3 or above).


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through the portfolio of evidence prepared by candidates across a range of assignments including practical write- up, presentations and research.

Pathways to future careers/ courses

The 2010 National Strategic Skills Audit identified problems in filling associate or ‘para’ professional and skilled technician roles in a number of sectors identified, including: health care, oil, gas, electricity, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and transport equipment (UKCES, 2010).

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A* - C