BTEC Diploma in Applied Science


The BTEC Applied Science Course embodies a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum with a flexible, unit based-structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Course Outline

This is a two year course and consists of 720 guided learning hours. This is equivalent to two A Levels. Eight units will be covered in two years.


The two year course will consist of 720 guided learning hours.

8 units will be covered in two years (four units in year 1 and 4 units in year 2)

46% of the course will be externally assessed.

Examining Board


Special Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade C in Science

Career Opportunities

The BTEC Applied Science course is designed to meet the needs of employers and higher education providers. Employers are looking for recruits with a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and work ready-skills such as teamwork. Higher education needs learners who have experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines.

Teaching Methods

Each week you will be timetabled for four periods of 60 minutes each. For the BTEC Diploma in Applied Science there is a need for regular learning and independent research. The course contains a range of vocational assessments both written and practical. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (