Course Detail

College 16-19
BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Applied Science
Further course information

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science is a practical work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will introduce you to the sciences and provides a good basis for you to progress onto a more advanced qualification.

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Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:
• 4 GCSEs 3 or above, including Science and Maths
• A Level 1 qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 1 Diploma) in a Science related subject with Functional Skills Maths at Level 1 or above

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Course Content

During this course you will study a total of seven units. Three core units will provide a general
foundation and four specialist units will introduce you to particular topics in more depth.

Core units:
• Chemistry and our earth
• Energy and our universe
• Biology and our environment

Specialist Units:
• Investigating human behaviour
• Exploring our universe
• The living body
• Growing plants for food

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above. If you have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


All BTEC Level 2 Diploma units are assessed through project, assignment work and examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit, or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.


Fees: £1286.50
Fees Advanced Learning Loan: £0.00


On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

• Apply to study the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science
• Pursue a career in science or a laboratory

Additional Information

Additional help and support is available should you require it and you can discuss this at your interview.

Duration and Times

Next course available: September 4th, 2023
Days of week: M Tu W
Number of Weeks: 34

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