Principles of Applied Science

Course content

Course introduction

The BTEC Level 2 Award in Applied Science covers the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Science, so the content is similar to that which you would have studied at school during year 10 and 11.




This qualification is equivalent to one GCSE, in which you study an equal amount of biology, chemistry and physics. There is ample opportunity within this course to explore the practical aspects of science, through guided laboratory work and develop your scientific skills.

+ Principles of Science (External)

+ Chemistry and Our Earth

+ Energy and Our Universe

+ Biology and Our Environment

Specific course entry requirements

To study a Level 2 programme you will have achieved a minimum of three grade 3s in your GCSEs, in addition to a grade 3 in English Language (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through internally assessed written assignments, presentations, and practical work which are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Twenty-five per cent of the qualification is externally assessed via a 60-minute examination.

Where will this course lead me?

This course is suitable for those still requiring a Level 2 Science qualification for progression to certain Level 3 and 4 courses in their future education. This qualification provides evidence of a satisfactory underpinning science knowledge for progression to specific courses with a science qualification entry requirement.

Student learning

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey