Principles of Applied Science

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Course introduction

The BTEC Level 2 Award in Applied Science covers the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Science, so the content is similar to that which you would have studied at school during year 10 and 11.




This qualification is equivalent to one GCSE, in which you study an equal amount of biology, chemistry and physics. There is ample opportunity within this course to explore the practical aspects of science, through guided laboratory work and develop your scientific skills.

+ Principles of Science (External)

+ Chemistry and Our Earth

+ Energy and Our Universe

+ Biology and Our Environment

Specific course entry requirements

To study a Level 2 programme you will have achieved a minimum of three grade 3s in your GCSEs, in addition to a grade 3 in English Language (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through internally assessed written assignments, presentations, and practical work which are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Twenty-five per cent of the qualification is externally assessed via a 60-minute examination.

Where will this course lead me?

 Successful completion of the course will allow learners to progress to a more specialised and technical level 3 course. 

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Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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