Applied Science

BTEC Level 2

This one-year course offers students the chance to build their understanding of Science to access level three qualifications.  Students would complete GCSE Mathematics and English Language alongside this program if they obtain a 3 or below at GCSE.


The BTEC level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study. To assist students in their studies and understanding of science in the wider world, this course includes talks from industry professionals and visits to places of scientific interest and industry.

Career Path

  • Level 3 BTEC
  • Apprenticeships
  • Forensic Science
  • Radiography
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial food production
  • Food Science
  • Sport Science
  • Teacher Training

More than just a course

Students will be assessed by a series of assignments and will be expected to work independently. They will receive a wealth of formative feedback in preparation for assessments to ensure the highest possible quality of work.

In life you get out what you put in, and BTEC Applied Science is a prime example of this – if you put in the hard work you will be rewarded with high grades that can take
you where you want to go.

This course is split into core and optional units, two of which are assessed by external exam. Students must complete a total of 12 units for the qualification.

Core Units

  • Principles of Science
  • Chemistry and our Earth
  • Energy and our Universe
  • Biology and our Environment
  • Applications of Chemical Substances
  • Applications of Physical Science
  • Health Applications of Life Science
  • Scientific Skills

Option units can include

  • The Living Body
  • Science in Medicine
  • Chemical Analysis and Detection
  • Exploring our Universe
  • Other optional units are available

Unique Features

  • Practical experience
  • Scientific careers advice
  • Supportive and skilled teaching team
  • Progression onto Level 3 Applied Science

Entry Requirements

This is a level 2 qualification

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3.

You will need a keen interest in Science and be willing to develop your learning skills. We are an inclusive College and will consider all applications on a case by case basis at interview.

What students say:
“I like the way we learn in BTEC Applied Science: I like the way I can construct my work independently.  I have been really well supported to pursue my career of choice and think about my options for next year.”