Level 3 Applied Science

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

The 30 - credit Certificate and 60 – credit Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science are new, engaging and highly specialised work-related qualifications. The qualifications cover key scientific knowledge and practical skills required by students wanting to pursue a career in science.

The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCE AS Level and the Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.


  • Unit 1 The fundamentals of science
  • Unit 2 Working in the science industry
  • Unit 4 Scientific practical techniques

Subsidiary Diploma

  • Unit 13 Biochemistry and biochemical techniques  Unit 28 Industrial applications of organic chemistry
  • Unit 44 Astronomy


Each unit is split up into a number of assignments that you have to complete within a set time. Each assignment will be internally marked and awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. You have to complete all the assignments to complete the qualification.


This course can prepare students for further education at College/University or a wide range of careers that directly use science. In addition, the skills developed open the doors to a wide variety of other opportunities e.g. business and finance where a direct link to science is not visible