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Applied Science

Course Code: IDAS

Level: 1
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: BTEC
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One Year
When you'll study: Three days a week

About the course

This course demands a lot of practical work from you – this can be daunting at first, but you will be trained to work safely and in a professional manner. You will complete a range of units, be organised, take assessments that will demonstrate your skills and keep a portfolio of your assignments. You can feel proud in achieving a BTEC because, whatever your plans, success in this course will help you progress to the next stage of your learning.

What you'll learn

This course includes learning and assessment based around: making and testing products, carrying out experiments and investigating, measuring and testing variables.

Units studied will include a combination of biology, chemistry and physics.

Entry requirements

This course is aimed at any students with little or no background/formal qualifications in science but looking to progress to higher levels of study in the subject. A recommended entry requirement would be a GCSE grade 2 in GCSE Science, but we will accept applications from those without this.


All units in this qualification are internally assessed (assignment work set and marked by your lecturers). This means that there are no exams.

What's next?

Successful students can progress onto the BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science (GCSE equivalent) at the College, from which you may progress onto our level 3 suite of science courses (A Level equivalent).

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.