BTEC Applied Science

BTEC Applied Science is a general science course covering areas of all three sciences. BTEC is more vocational in approach, and is ideal for students more adept at continuous assessment.

BTEC Applied Science is equivalent to one A level. The course covers a variety of scientific modules including: the basics topics of science, practical techniques, laboratory skills, scientific investigations and analysing scientific data.

We run a programme of enrichment activities including and talks from visiting academics and from universities on careers in science and related areas.

The BTEC Applied Science course is recognised by a large number of universities. Most BTEC students go to study for degrees in areas such as science, bio-veterinary science, nursing and education. It can lead to careers in healthcare, medical sciences, community work, forensics and many other fields.

Principles and Applications of Science – Exam Paper – 25% of marks

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – Coursework – 25% of marks

Science Investigation Skills – Practical Investigation with Exam – 33% of marks

Genetics and Genetic Engineering – Coursework – 17% of marks


Extended Certificate – equivalent to one full Science A level – completion of four BTEC units

Principles and Applications of Science

Cells, atomic structure and waves

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Lab techniques (practical)

Science Investigation Skills

Skills needed in planning scientific investigations and drawing conclusions.

Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Structure of DNA, cell division, inheritance

For all new students joining us in September, it is a good idea to review your GCSE Science notes for all Science subjects to make sure you understand them as best as you can.

Study Level


Exam Board


Contact Details

Dr C Tweed

Head of Department