Applied Science Science

Introduction to Applied Science

Do you have an enquiring mind, a passion for science and keep a keen eye on developments in the scientific world? If so, we run the ideal solution, the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science which offers you the chance to find out about the applications of a range of different science subjects, not just the traditional Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The course is entirely assessed by coursework, therefore you will need to be veryorganised, motivated and keen to find ‘things’ out for yourself. The BTEC Level 3 Applied Science is good preparation for many roles in the science sector, for example as atechnician in the areas of a laboratory or industrial science. This qualification can also be used to progress onto Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to study medically related degree courses such as Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Pharmacy, Optometry, Radiography, Nursing or even chemistry related courses such as Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment is based on the coursework standard you produce either through the assignments, practical reports in the Laboratory or educational visits. The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities, practical experimental work and theory. At times you will be expected to work in a group and at other times individually.

Vocational Progression

BTEC Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas are valued by employers and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). If you prefere to get a job after finishing Sixth Form you could work in:

  • A research laboratory in pharmaceuticals
  • A quality control laboratory in industrial manufacturing
  • A hospital laboratory
  • A materials testing laboratory in the construction, paper or plastics industry
  • A forensic science laboratory
  • A laboratory in a school, college or university
  • An environmental science laboratory


If you decide to go to university or college you could take a Degree or a BTEC Higher National in applied science such as:

Applied Biology, Chemistry or Physics Biomedical Science Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Radiography

In other words, the course prepares you for a range of careers in:

Hospitals, Food and Drink Industry, Cosmetics Industry, Environmental Health/Science, Physical Science/Engineering.

Course Structure

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Subsidiary Diploma) equivalent to one GCE A Level

Three Core Units

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific investigation

Three other units which are likely to include:

  • Human physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Medical physics techniques

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Diploma) equivalent to two GCE A Levels

Six Core Units

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific investigation
  • Scientific practical techniques
  • Perceptions of science
  • Application of numbers for science technicians

Six other units which are likely to include:

  • Forensics
  • Medical physics techniques
  • Microbiology
  • Human physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical circuits and their industrial applications