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BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Applied Science

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £1,896*
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s); Part-time (Adults)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The course is composed of 11 individually assessed units. These units are studied throughout the year in a way that allows you to grow your qualification. The topics covered in this qualification are:

  • The Study of Living Organisms
  • Skills and Techniques of Chemistry Investigation
  • The Nature and Applications of Energy- Award Obtained
  • Making Useful scientific Investigations
  • Healthy Living
  • Starting Work in the Science Sector- Certificate Obtained
  • Forensic Detection
  • Growing Plants for Commercial Use
  • Using Equipment
  • Science in World

You will also work towards improving your English and Maths skills through a GCSE or Functional Skills.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

This is a full time Level 1 Applied Science qualification. It provides a good foundation in science and a progression route into the Applied Science or any other Science related course at Level 2 such as Engineering, Health and Social Care or Sport. However in order to be recommended to go onto these courses you must show your teacher that you are up to Level 2 work by submitting high quality assignments by the deadline.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, practical work, group and pair work as well as self-directed study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by assignments, presentations, observation of practical work and practical lab written reports. Each unit studied will use one or more of these assessment methods.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

In addition to the time spent in classes in College, you will be expected to spend several hours per week on self-directed study.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

4 GCSEs at grade E or above including Science, English and Maths, usually with functional skills at Entry Level 3.

You should have an interest in science with the drive to succeed.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

You are expected to be at Level 1 in English. If you do not have a GCSE in English you will be given to opportunity to take this. Before you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level.

Mathematics level

You are expected to be at Level 1 in Mathematics. If you do not have a GCSE in Mathematics you will be given an opportunity to take this. Before/when you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level

Equipment and other costs

You will be expected to provide your own file to keep your assignments in, calculator, ruler, HB pencil, pen and stationary but other materials will be provided.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.