Exam Board - Pearson


What is Applied Science BTEC National and why study it?

The BTEC Level 3 Nationals have been designed in consultation with employers and higher education institutions. This makes them a recognised and well-respected route into employment or higher education. Scientists will enjoy a stimulating course of study and develop the skills and attributes that reflect up-to-date industry practice.


We will be offering the Applied Science National Diploma, equivalent to 2 A-levels and the Extended Diploma in Applied Science, equivalent to 3 A-levels. Students will cover units looking at areas such as:

  • Interpreting ECG traces of nerve impulses
  • The Principles of fibre optics
  • Calibration and use of a range of lab equipment


Students also have the opportunity to select modules that relate directly to particular fields of science and careers for example; biomedical science, forensic science, astrophysics and pharmacy.


The course is assessed in a variety of styles to enable all learners to achieve their best. The assessment types include:

  • Writing up the findings of their own research
  • Carrying out projects for which they have a choice over the direction and outcomes
  • Demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment and techniques.


The majority of the course is weighted towards these internal, ongoing assessments. Only a small proportion of the qualification is assessed by external exams. This may suit the learning style of many students more than the purely exam-based science courses.


Where next?

The BTEC Level 3 Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A-levels.


The Level 3 Applied Science National qualification can lead directly to a number of different Higher Education courses such as Analytical Chemistry or Forensic Science. By selecting particular optional units, students can meet the requirements for other degree courses including Biomedical Science.


The Level 3 Applied Science National qualifications also prepare students for degree level apprenticeships in areas such as physiotherapy, pharmacy and research. Unsurprisingly, 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications.


What are the entrance requirements?

GCSE Combined Science Grade 5-5. Grade 5-5-4 in separate sciences.

Grade 5 in GCSE English language, Grade 5 in GCSE Maths. Grade 4 considered.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Mr Cranwell, Lead Teacher for KS5 Applied Science