Coastal Academy Trust

BTEC Applied Science

Level 3 National Diploma

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood"

Marie Curie

Course information:

  • BTEC Applied Science covers all three science specialisms

  • There are different streams available for students to follow:

  1. Applied Science (mixture of all sciences)

  2. Analytical & Forensic Science

  3. Physical Science (predominantly physics)

  4. Biomedical Science

  • Extended Diploma and Foundation Diploma pathways offered

  • Maximum UCAS points for Extended Diploma = 168 (D*D*D*)

Note: 3 x A* at A Level = 168 UCAS points

Course Structure:

In Y12 all of the students complete the same units, no matter which stream they have chosen. In Y13 the students complete more specific optional units based around their stream of choice. We are able to tailor this offer for our individual student aspirations.

Y12 Mandatory units:
  • UNIT 1: Principles and Applications of Science I (exam)
  • UNIT 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

  • UNIT 3: Scientific Investigation Skills (exam)

  • UNIT 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application

  • UNIT 6: Investigative Project

+ 2 x Optional units

Y13 Mandatory units:
  • UNIT 5: Principles and Applications of Science II (exam)

  • UNIT 7: Contemporary Issues in Science (exam)

+ 4 x Optional units

Note: Optional units are voted for by students and are also governed by the scientific stream selected.

Optional units:

Below is a selection of some of the popular optional units:

  • UNIT 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

  • UNIT 14: Applications of Organic Chemistry

  • UNIT 16: Astronomy and Space Science

  • UNIT 19: Practical Chemical Analysis

  • UNIT 20: Biomedical Science

  • UNIT 21: Medical Physics Applications

  • UNIT 23: Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis

  • UNIT 25: Forensic Fire Investigation

  • UNIT 26: Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

Student pathways

Previous graduates of our course have gone on to study:

  • Physics

  • Automotive engineering

  • Palaeontology

  • Midwifery

  • Psychology

  • Teaching

  • Business

Science related careers

Medicine Nursing Midwifery Paramedic Armed forces Finance Banking Pharmaceuticals Energy

Engineering Sport science Physiotherapy Astronomy Electronics Telecommunications Computing

Robotics Forensics Ecology Marine biology Dietary analysis Botany Meteorology Geology Architecture


For further information please contact Mr William Payne: