Applied Science - BTEC Certificate Leading to Subsidary Diploma

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged Nantgarw

Course Information

This is a ‘vocational course’ designed to provide you with a practical learning experience in science. It is suitable for learners that wish to pursue a career in science or a science related occupation.

What Will I Learn?

Year one includes units that cover the fundamental topics of the three science disciplines, practical techniques and develops the understanding of practical, legal and organisational aspects essential to those working within the science industry. A BTEC Certificate in Applied Science is equivalent to an AS Level qualification.

Year two includes specialist units such as Human Physiology*, Biochemistry* and Chemical Laboratory Techniques*. These develop skills within specialised areas of science. A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is equivalent to a full A Level qualification.

*These units may be substituted for alternatives.

Entry Requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs Grades A*- C including Maths, English/Welsh Language and a Science equivalent.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.


You will be assessed continuously through assignment based coursework.


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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course many learners apply to university and are offered places to study courses such as Applied Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Nursing, Microbiology, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Parasitology, Dental Technician/Nursing or Veterinary Nursing, Radiography [Diagnostic or Therapeutic], Hospital Technician [there is an enormous variety of types], Operating Theatre Practitioners or any career involving numerous types of laboratory work. Whatever degree that you may chose it is worth noting that Biological Sciences graduates have a very high employability rating. A number of learners go directly into employment or move onto an apprenticeship programme.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Chemical scientist

    Average salary: £32,604

  • Laboratory technician

    Average salary: £19,598

  • Research or development manager

    Average salary: £41,009

  • Environment professional

    Average salary: £21,041

  • Conservation professional

    Average salary: £35,529

  • Engineering professional n.e.c.

    Average salary: £34,028


Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.


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