BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This qualification is designed specifically for individuals who are already working within this sector, and are looking to progress in their career.

Equivalent to two A levels, this qualification is valued by employers and provides a great stepping stone to further training and education such as our HNC Applied Chemistry at University Centre St Helens.

If you are an employer, interested in investing and upskilling your current workforce, please get in touch with our Business Development Team on 0800 99 66 99 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

This course will start in September and will take two years to complete. You will attend College one day per week on a Tuesday, from 9.00am - 8.00pm.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

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 grade 4 or above, (equivalent to grade C) including a science subject and preferably English and maths.

It is also crucial that you are already employed within this sector, as this qualification applies your knowledge and skills to a work-related context.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility is not dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments do not start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to progress on to HNC Applied Chemistry, at University Centre St Helens, a qualification which can be studied on a part-time basis and is highly respected by employers nationwide.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you are interested in undertaking this qualification yourself, please submit an application form to secure a place. For further information, contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are an employer and would like to find out more about how your current workforce could benefit from studying this qualification, please contact our Business Development Team on 0800 99 66 99 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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