Entry Requirements

  • 5+ GCSEs at 9-4
  • Grade 5 in mathematics
  • Grade 5-5 in combined science or 5 in separate science 


Joe Fisher
Director of Learning – Science


Course Outline

Designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science.

Anyone considering a career in nursing should take this course, along with BTEC Health and Social Care.

The course comprises 3 core mandatory units and one option unit: 

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

The fourth unit, covering content from one of a range of optional units, is also taught and assessed.

Course Assessment

  • Unit 1
    Assessed via 3x 40 minutes external written examinations – one examination per science. Each examination is out of 30 marks.
  • Unit 3
    Assessed across two sections, Unit 3 involves the completion of a practical investigation (3 hours) followed by written exam questions (1.5 hours) relating to the procedure, analysis and evaluation of the investigation.
  • Unit 2 & Option Unit
    Students complete a portfolio of assignments, linking key practical procedures to their underlying scientific concepts.