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Course Overview

Aimed for students looking for a career where they can make a difference to the and lives of others and the environment.

This course provides a broad understanding of scientific principles, as well as diseases, diagnostic techniques and treatments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics concepts and gain skills required for higher studies, training or employment. The course is equivalent in size to three A-Levels and offers a diverse range of progression routes.

Course Topics

The course is made up of seven mandatory units:

  • Principles and Application of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Principles and Application of Science II
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science.

Additional units studied are:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Medical Physics Applications


Course Features

The course provides transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research, and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace.

The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • the ability to learn independently
  • the ability to research actively and methodically
  • being able to give presentations and being active group members.

BTEC learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study. The course provides a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

  • reading scientific and technical texts
  • effective writing
  • analytical skills
  • practical skills
  • preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

The course offers a diverse range of progression routes within the applied science, biomedical science, forensic science and health care sector.

During the course, there are opportunities to improve your grade and to re-sit external assessments.

Progression Routes

This qualification will primarily prepare students to move into a skilled job but can also lead to further technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships or a degree course.


External assessment: each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for external assessment are of 90 or 120 guided learning hours to allowing you to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded.

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications are:

  • examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task

Internal assessment: most units for the course are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that you will be set and assessed on assignments that provide the final summative assessment for each unit.

Overall the qualification has 60% Internal Assessments and 40% External Assessments

Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel

Where Courses Become Careers

95% of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTECs. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as meeting admission requirements for a range of courses such as:

  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine with Foundation Year
  • Veterinary Science with Foundation Year
  • Dentistry with Foundation Year
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Animal Biology
  • Aeronautical Engineering

It also supports students choosing to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage when applying for a range of entry level industry training programmes and/or Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as laboratory technician, industrial technician and medical technician.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

BTEC National units offer opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. These include :

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing intrapersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development, self-presentation.

In addition, the course has employer talks, guest speakers, and University visits and opportunities for work experience embedded within it.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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