West Thames College London

Applied Science - BTEC Level 2 Diploma

This practical, work related course will prepare you for a career working in the applied science industry or an organisation that uses science to develop underpinning knowledge and scientific skills. It is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grades A*-E and provides a good basis to go on to more advanced qualifications.

You will study scientific principles and science and the world of work, plus four specialist units from the following: chemistry and applications, physical science applications, biological systems, working in science, anatomy and physiology, environmental science, plants and food, forensic science and science in medicine.

Key course features

Qualification:

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Students who are interested in a career in science.

About the course

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will focus on a particular area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

The course is made up of 3 core units and optional units that give a combined total of 60 credits.

You will study the mandatory (core) units: 

  • Chemistry and our earth
  • Energy and our universe
  • Biology and our environment.

Plus 9 optional units from the following list:

  • Applications of chemical substances
  • Applications of physical science
  • Health applications of life sciences
  • Practical scientific project
  • Science and the world of work
  • Working in a science-based organisation
  • The living body
  • Monitoring the environment
  • Growing plants for food
  • Investigating a crime scene
  • Science in medicine
  • Using mathematical tools in science
  • Designing and making useful devices in science
  • Chemical analysis and detection
  • Exploring our universe
  • Electronics in action
  • Biotechnological procedures and applciations
  • Science in the world
  • Investigating human behaviour.
How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by means of assignments which are graded, and you will also receive an overall grade for the qualification. One unit will be externally assessed – the awarding body will set and mark an integrated vocational assignment.

Where next?

If you gain a Merit or Distinction, you can progress to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

Entry requirements

2 or more GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above (preferably in science) or successful completion of a relevant Level 1 course and English reading and writing skills at Level 1-2. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

Fees
This course is free for students under 19 years.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the "apply now" button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Soundbite

  1. Monuira Elgasim

    BTEC Level 2 Applied Science

    Monuira Elgasim

    "This year I really enjoyed studying physics, learning about the universe and astronomy. It's something I've studied before but not at such an advanced level. I'm going on to study the Level 3 science course and then I hope to go to university to study pharmacology."

  2. Zainab Alamili

    BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

    Zainab Alamili

    “I really enjoy BTEC science. It’s really practical and friendly and the teachers are really good. The college isn’t too big – it’s like a family. I’ve been doing work experience at Specsavers as I really want to study Optometry at university and I’ve just been accepted by City University. I’m so happy!”

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