Science (Applied) Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Description

Are you interested in a career within the scientific field? This qualification gives you a broad understanding of many areas of Science and opens up many opportunities in Higher Education and future careers. The course is assessed through assignment work that will develop your research, practical work, problem solving, mathematical skills and understanding of Science. All assignment work is set within a vocational context with realistic scenarios. This will equip you with the necessary practical techniques and research skills needed for a degree course in science.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and two Grade 4s in GCSE Science, or Double Science.

Course Content

The course is equivalent to three A Levels in science and is assessed over two years by a combination of laboratory practical, written assignment and controlled assessment work. The grades you can be awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit. The final award is made up of three grades, equivalent to 3 A Levels.

In the first year you will study the fundamentals of science before going on to see what types of work scientists perform in the science industry. You will also learn to use basic chemical practical techniques as well as studying systems of the body including the immune system. You will then go on to study chromosomes, genes and DNA in detail and their applications in industry. You will also investigate electrical circuits and their applications.

Typically in the second year you will be using your mathematical and statistical skills in science. You will also be studying the biochemistry of how cells function and produce energy. In medical physics you will be learning about the different types of radioactive particles which can be used to diagnose illness in the human body. In exercise health and lifestyle, you will be able to assess a client’s lifestyle using a questionnaire and then devise a health and lifestyle improvement plan. This particular unit is found in BTEC Level 3 Sports studies whilst the unit on defence against disease is found in BTEC Level 3 Health studies, a further indication of the broad experience gained on the course.


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 do a minimum of one week work experience. 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 10 and 12 hours of private study outside of class in order to complete assignment work and do further reading.

Future Career Opportunities

Our students go to university to study optometry, pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, radiography, audiology, podiatry, dental technology , nursing, biomedical science, forensic science, forensic chemistry, operating theatre studies, nutritional science, neuroscience, petroleum engineering, engineering and other courses.

Why Study at BSFC?

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