Applied Science (Diploma)

Course Overview

The aim of the Applied Science course is to allow you to develop your interest in and enthusiasm for Biology and Chemistry. Students on the course will be able to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. You will work through practical exercises and the study of past key experiments, to develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works.The BTEC structure has now changed and requires students to complete a mixture of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed examinations. Applied Science is studied as a Diploma (equivalent to two A-Levels) allowing students to combine it with another BTEC or A-Level course.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths and English, and two grade 4s in Science.


Applied Science is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. Links are made between the theory covered and real situations. There are a range of apprenticeships within the science field that are promoted. 

We have students that have secured placements with local care homes and St John’s Ambulance to help support their application to university.

Course Outline

Components of Course
Module 1: Principle & Application of Science
Module 2: Practical Scientific Techniques

To complete the award, we will be selecting from the Optional units. Two optional modules are needed for the Diploma. The optional modules have to come from specific groups. It is highly likely we will be offering the specific Biomedical Pathway with modules such as these:

Module 3: Scientific Investigation Skills
Module 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application in Industry
Module 5: Principle & Application of Science 2
Module 6: Vocational Research Project
Module 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Module 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction 
Module 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
Module 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Module 12: Diseases and Infections

A range of assessments will take place including examinations and the completion of coursework in the form of set assignments.

Exam Board



Leila Hussain

"Applied Science has been very enjoyable to learn over the past year as the units I have done have been interesting and fun to learn. The teachers are very good and supportive in every way throughout the course, helping me achieve my end goal."

Leila Hussain

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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