BTEC Applied Science

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AA5
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Today’s BTEC Nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learning qualification in the UK. You will have to choose and complete a range of units, be organised, complete some assessments that we will set and mark, and keep a portfolio of your assignments.

You can feel proud to achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans in life – whether you decide to study further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or to set up your own business – your BTEC National will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.


What will I study? Over two years you will study four units which cover: principles and applications of science, practical scientific procedures and techniques, science investigation skills and human physiology.

For the Forensic & Criminal Investigation Diploma, you will also study: forensic investigation procedures, applications of criminology, criminal investigation procedures, plus one optional unit in a specialised area of forensic investigation.

How will I be assessed? The new BTEC National will assess you in three ways: • Assignments - You will complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario and produce a portfolio of evidence. • Tasks - In controlled conditions, you will complete a practical task tackling an everyday challenge • Written Exam - You will draw on essential information to create written answers to practical questions in test conditions.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (grade 4-4 in combined science or grade 4 in each of the separate sciences).

Your next steps...

The requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both higher education and employers.

A BTEC in Applied Science can lead to a wide range of further qualifications, including: Applied Science, Nursing, Midwifery, Biology, Biomedical Science, Sport Science and more. It can also lead to a variety of career options such as: Teaching, Science Journalist, Paramedic, Science Technician (in a range of industries) and more.

Forensic and Criminal Investigation will offer learners the opportunity to progress to some applied degree courses. The course provides a perfect pathway to Forensic Science courses, particularly if taken in combination with A Level Chemistry, or is a good complement to Psychology or Sociology if applying to Criminology courses.