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BTEC Diploma in Applied Science

The BTEC Diploma in Applied Science is a vocational qualification which will develop your knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. The course is equivalent to two A-levels, suitable for a wide range of students, accepted for university entry, and valued by employers.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in September. Taking two years to complete, you will attend College one day per week. In year one, you will attend on a Tuesday from 9.00am - 6.30pm. In year two, you will attend on a Thursday from 9.00am - 7.30pm.

What will I study?

During the course, you will study the following modules:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Perceptions of Science
  • Mathematics in Science

Additionally, you will study further specialists modules:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems;
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions
  • Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry

How is it assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course by a range of methods including assignments, evidence portfolios, projects, case studies, tests and practical exercises.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grades C or above including a science subject and preferably English and maths.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding to cover course fees. If you are aged 19 - 23 and this is your first full level 3 qualification, 100% of your course fees will be covered. More information can be provided upon application.

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £21,000 per year.

If you successfully complete your Access to HE course and progress onto a degree course, your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan will be written off and you do not need to repay the loan.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please click here.

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