Science (Applied) Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Do you enjoy learning science in a practical way? Do you have a particular interest in applications of science in medicine and clinical work? Do you want to build up a science portfolio to complement other studies? The BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Medical Science is the equivalent of one A Level. A strong foundation is laid in all aspects of science in the first year then there is a focus on biological units in the second year. If you would like to develop your scientific expertise by building up a portfolio this course will appeal to you.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. You should have a minimum grade 4 in two GCSE single Science subjects or Double Award. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

The course is equivalent to one A Level and is studied over two years. It is assessed through a combination of laboratory practical and assignment work, with some controlled assessment. The grades you can be awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit and the final award ranges from Pass to Distinction*.

Typically in the first year you will be study the fundamentals of science before going on to see what types of work scientists do in the science industry. You will also learn to use basic chemical practical techniques and study cell structure and function. In the second year, you will study systems of the body which include the cardiorespiratory system, digestive system and the lymphatic system. You will also study the biochemistry of how cells function and produce energy. You will then go on to study chromosomes, genes and DNA in detail and their applications in industry.


All assessment is through assignment work. You will be assessed on your understanding of the content of the course. These assessments will be issued throughout the two years of the course and you can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each one.

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the course, all students will have the opportunity to complete a minimum of one week work experience in the summer term. This will develop your employability skills and give you valuable experience for future applications. There will also be relevant visits and guest speakers from industry as well as demonstrations to enhance learning on the course.

Additional Information

All students will be expected to bring essential equipment to College including a scientific calculator to each lesson. All students are expected to complete between 4 and 5 hours of private study outside of class in order to complete assignment work and do further reading.

Future Career Opportunities

The practical knowledge you acquire on this course and the ability to analyse data will be extremely useful if you want to go on to do a degree for example in Psychology, Sociology, Nursing or Sport.

Why Study at BSFC?

We have up-to-date facilities in the science laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. Lessons are varied and interesting and include a combination of theory, practical and assignment work. Scenarios set the scene for assignment work and are realistic and vocational in context.