Principles of Applied Science

BTEC , Level 2
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Did you know!

  • You can still study this course if your English and maths grades are below 4 - these subjects will be built into your course instead.
  • By 2024, the science, engineering and production technician sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 2.3%. (EMSI, 2019)

Course Information


Prepare for a career in science by applying logical thinking on this exciting Applied Science Level 2 course. Discover the worlds of chemistry, physics, biology and more as you work towards a rewarding qualification at GCSE level.

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Get an introduction to the principles of science with this BTEC First Award. You’ll study the environment, energy, planet Earth and the universe, whilst conducting practical work in professional laboratories. Everything you learn will help you formulate your own hypotheses and investigations – strengthening your theoretical and critical thinking skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out multiple experiments, including rates of reactions and electrical circuits.

Who is this course for?

Those that don’t have a qualification in GCSE science and are looking to take the next step towards a career in science. It is particularly ideal for individuals who want to combine academic study with practical skills, study in professional-standard facilities and take advantage of our industry links.

Course units/modules

Unit 1: Principles of Science

Unit 2: Chemistry and Our Earth

Unit 3: Energy and Our Universe

Unit 4: Biology and Our Environment

Benefits and skills

  • Gain an understanding of chemistry, physics and biology
  • Acquire knowledge of how the above subjects relate to energy, planet Earth and our universe
  • Conduct practical work in professional laboratories
  • Learn about scientific theories, techniques and hypotheses
  • Improve your analytical, investigative and critical thinking skills

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 3, including English or maths or equivalent. English and maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Progress to a Level 3 qualification, apprenticeship or relevant employment.

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 02/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 74940-01
Fees (Adult): £1,100 plus exam fee of £56

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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