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Mode of study Academic BTEC
Duration 1 Year
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date 3 September 2019
Course code SCB-3C (1920)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English Language and Maths, and grade 4 or above in any Science or grade 4:4 in Combined Science.

  • What does the course involve?

    This course is for people with a strong interest in Science who wish to follow a science based career. It will help you to understand the world of Applied Science by looking at the applications rather than theories. It is often taken in conjunction with Health and Social care for students who wish to pursue careers in the health sector.

    Learning methods include completing assignments, case studies and practical work, which are based on realistic workplace situations. You will learn about the demands and legislation which exist in the science workplace as well as developing a wide range of scientific and transferable skills in preparation for a career or higher level study. This type of course requires you to be well organised and able to work to deadlines; you will be a student who achieves through continuous assessment rather than final exams.

    Year 1 - Three mandatory units in the first year:

    • Fundamentals of Science
    • Working in the Science Industry
    • Scientific Practical Techniques


    Year 2 - Currently two choices are available. All students initially study a unit in genetics and genetic engineering which is common to both course choices before they specialise.

    Medical: you study the physiology of human body systems and the physiology of human regulation and reproduction. Forensics: you study criminal psychology and forensic evidence collection and analysis.

  • How is the course assessed?

    This course is assessed by assignment work set regularly throughout the course including both theoretical, research and practical tasks.

  • Additional Notes

    BTEC courses are designed to give you the confidence to apply your knowledge to succeed in the workplace and also have the study skills to continue onto higher education courses. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. Students may go onto study further or embark on careers such as nursing, sports science, biotechnology, forensic science, chemical analysis, laboratory technician or working in the chemical industry.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Ben Beasley

Ben Beasley

Applied Science BTEC, Business BTEC
Previous school: Church Stretton School

I had heard great reviews for the College from past and present students. Coming here meant I could be on the Two Plus programme and get my English GCSE so I can complete my A Levels. After college I would like to do a higher Apprenticeship in Engineering. Applied Science gives you a good understanding of the work environment in the science industry and I’ve really enjoyed learning about protein biosynthesis.

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  • Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.

    Up to £31,000


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