Applied Science extended certificate

Contact for further information is Mrs Lorraine Hatton

Why study in the Sixth Form?

For anyone who sees their future career in Science the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent starting point. It covers a wide range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills from which the theory is then drawn. 

This BTEC course is very practical with plenty of opportunities to implement the theory that you learn. You will go on a residential field trip to complete a scientific investigation. There are no external exams as it is course-work based, which means that you have a very clear understanding of your progress throughout the course, to help you plan and achieve your next steps. Taught by subject specialists, with laboratory experience, you will learn by completing laboratory-based practical assignments, supported self-study assignments, presentations and discussions that are based on real workplace situations, activities and demands.

Blending together a mix of theoretical and practical topics in a well-resourced environment, the course covers a wide range of science topics to allow you to experience the full breadth of the world of science, helping you to identify areas of interest and your future specialisms.

  • Biology – including physiology of the human body, genetics and biomedical techniques
  • Physics – Electrical circuits and electronics, Medical physics, Energy changes, sources and applications
  • Chemistry – Applications and techniques of chemistry, Chemistry for technicians and Biochemistry
  • General Science – Working in the science industry, Perceptions of science, Science fundamentals and Scientific practical techniques
  • Mathematics – Mathematical and Statistical tools for science

This is all assessed through a portfolio of work – there are no exams.

Where can take me in the future?

Completion of the BTEC course offers the opportunity to continue to study science via a wide range of science related degree courses.   It also offers the opportunity to enter the workplace in one of the an sector desperate to recruit young people with appropriate qualifications.