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Applied Science BTEC Level 2 First

Subject Area: Sciences
Level: BTEC Level 2 First Certificate (2 GCSEs Equivalent)
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
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What do I need to study this course?

You will need at least a grade 3 in GCSE English and Maths, or a grade 33 in GCSE Combined Science.


What will I study?

The BTEC First in Applied Science can help you take your first steps towards a career in a wide range of sectors such as process, industrial, medical, or forensic science. You’ll learn about scientific principles and how to put them into practice in the workplace. To ensure sufficient breadth and depth, this qualification covers key scientific principles and their application.

You will study biology-related units such as Cells, the Nervous System, Genetics, Evolution, and Aspects of Health. In terms of chemistry, you will study units including Atoms, Structures and Bonding, Acids and Bases, and Environmental Chemistry. In physics, you will study Energy, Electricity, Radioactivity, and Waves.

The course is made up of eight units. Six units are assessed internally through the completion of coursework (two biology, two chemistry and two physics units) and two units are externally assessed in two separate exams, scheduled at various points throughout the year.


What next?

This course, combined with other qualifications, provides a progression route for you to the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science. This two-year course can lead to careers such as nursing and primary education. Students can also progress from the level 3 course to a variety of degree courses specialising in aspects of biology, chemistry and physics. Alternatively, you can use the BTEC First to access employment or apprenticeships.

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