Applied Science

BTEC Applied Science

Exam Board
Pearson Edexcel BTEC
Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics if separate science taken or grade 5, 5 or above in Combined Science.

What will I study?

● Unit 1- Principles and Application of Science I
● Unit 2- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
● Unit 3- Science Investigation Skills.

And 1 optional unit

The option units cover content areas such as:
● physiology of human body systems
● biological molecules and metabolic pathways
● applications of inorganic chemistry
● electrical circuits and their application


Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
• Written examination set and marked by Pearson.
• 2 hours. (40minutes each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
• 90 mark (30marks each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
• Written coursework set and marked internally
•Learning aim A: Undertake titration and colorimetry to determine the concentration of solutions
•Learning aim B: Undertake calorimetry to study cooling curves
•Learning aim C: Undertake chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures
•Learning aim D: Review personal development of scientific skills for laboratory work.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
• A practical task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
• 60 marks

What skills will I gain?

The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop: skills required for independent learning and development; the ability to solve problems; the skills of project-based research, the ability to apply mathematical and ICT skills and develop knowledge in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Future pathways

The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to subjects that would benefit from some scientific background. This will depend on the combination of qualifications chosen.
For example, when taken alongside:
● A-levels such as Maths and Engineering, to progress into engineering, science and related courses
● A-level in Psychology and Sport, to progress into sport psychology courses
● A-Levels in Health and Social Care, to progress to nursing courses
● A-Levels in Sport and Exercise Science, to progress to sport and exercise science courses.