Applied Science (Biology) has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4
  • 2 GCSE Sciences at grade 4 (including Biology if studied seperately)



Exam board: Edexcel

100%of students achieved success with 95% of students achieving a distinction or distinction star

Who is this course for?

Biology is one of the most popular subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. 

Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris

BTEC is an established and highly successful, alternative qualification which is designed to provide learners with a more practical, real-world approach to learning together with specialist knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment or higher education. This two year course generates the same UCAS tariff points as one A-level.  All units are assessed by coursework assignments. There are no examinations.

Year 1

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science

Quantities involved in chemical reactions

Structure and function in cells

Types of energy and their interconversions

Communicate  scientific information

Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems

Level of organization within human body

Digestive system and Nutrition

Cardiovascular system.

Respiratory system

Lymphatic system

Unit 13 Biochemistry and biochemical techniques

Biological Molecules


Enzymes and Rates of Reaction


Year 2

Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction

Reproductive system

Regulation of Body Fluids

Nervous System

Endocrine System


Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques

Analytical techniques

Separation techniques

Instruments for Scientific Investigation

Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering

DNA and protein synthesis

Mitosis and Meiosis

DNA Technology

Genetics and Inheritance

“This course has a great practical approach with plenty of opportunities to be creative with your work…it makes a great change from exams and essay writing”

Science Student
Biology Student

Biology Student

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is tutored by well-qualified Science specialists. The delivery of the course is through a mixture of theory lessons, practical work, independent study, group work and assignment research.  This course is suited to students who are well organized and can take responsibility for their own learning and meet deadlines.


We have an active Biomed group supporting students wishing to study health care related sciences. There are opportunities to attend specialist talks and master classes. Visits have included trips to the NHS Blood and Transplant centre at Filton to see the work of specialist Lab. Technicians.

Method of Assessment

All units are assessed by coursework, there are no examinations.  Each unit has between four and five assignments – a total of 28 assignments over two years.

“BTEC biology really helped me to become more organised…it is the best course out of my options”

Science Student


The Science Curriculum Area has well-equipped laboratories serviced by a team of science technicians.  All laboratories have computers linked to the College network and the internet. Students are able to use the College Learning Resource Centre (LRC) together with the extensive computer suites.  The LRC is well stocked with books, journals and has Internet facilities.


A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science provides an opportunity for students to gain a nationally recognised qualification which will enable them to enter employment in a science related area, or progress to Higher Education. Former students have progressed onto courses in nursing, sports science, sports therapy, conservation biology, animal behavior, occupational therapy, early childhood and health and social care.

Entry Requirements

2 GCSE Sciences at grade 4 or above ( to include Biology, if studied separately). Maths and English at grade 4. The GCSE Applied Science or BTEC Level 2 Applied Science qualifications are not an acceptable entry qualification for this course.

Additional costs

Enrichment trips will incur nominal costs to cover transport.

“Fantastic teaching; requires a lot of work outside of College but you will always receive outstanding guidance. If you put the effort in you will succeed and gain a brilliant qualification.”

Science Student