16-18 Year Olds


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.

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.


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.

Awarding body

Pearson Edexcel


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.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 04/09/2023

End date: 28/06/2024

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: M Tu W

Number of Weeks: 34

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