BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science


This course concentrates on the knowledge, skills and techniques found in real-life situations. It includes research, practical work and problem-solving and will build on scientific skills and knowledge of key ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will build a portfolio of work which will comprise a mixture of project work, practical assessment and individual research.

What goes well with this course?

Applied Science can be studied alongside a range of A Levels or BTECs to maintain a Science subject at Level 3.  Applied Science complements skills needed in A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics. This course is often studied with Health & Social Care, Sport/PE or Product Design (3D Design) to support career aspirations.


The BTEC Awards are equivalent to one A Level in any of the separate Science subjects and can be used in the same way:

  • For university applications
  • To apply for further training or a job

Students have progressed on to a variety of Science and non-Science related degree courses.  

Science subjects have included: Paramedical Science, Sports Therapy, Nursing, Midwifery, Biomedical Science, Social and Sports Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. 

Non-Science subjects have included: Teaching, Accountancy, Computing and many more!

Course Content

The course is based on what Scientists do as a profession, rather than focusing only on separate academic subject areas. It:

  • Concentrates on the knowledge, skills and techniques found in real-life situations
  • Includes research, practical work and problem-solving
  • Builds up scientific skills and knowledge of key areas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

The course covers the following units:

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science industry
  • Practical Scientific Techniques

Year 2

  • Students have the option to study Biomedical Science or Applied Physics

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

Applied Science students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Applied Science Energy Workshop and Conference
  • Astronomy night viewings
  • Medical Society 
  • Electronics Club
  • Biomedical Science Journal Club

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


The BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course involves coursework which will require students to build up a portfolio as their work progresses. Students will be assessed on a mixture of practical assessments, project work and individual research.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students will need the following minimum combination of GCSE grades:

  • Grade 4 in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics), or Grade 4,4 in Combined Science and
  • Grade 4 in Maths

Students will be successful on the course if they:

  • Have a genuine interest in scientific ideas
  • Are interested in the application of Science
  • Enjoy a variety of different coursework types
  • Would welcome the opportunity to develop practical skills

Students should enjoy practical work, be good at problem solving and enjoy working with numbers. As this qualification is portfolio based, students will need to meet regular deadlines throughout the year.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science information leaflet.

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