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Level 2

Principles of Applied Science BTEC Level 2 First Award


This course is made up of two Level 2 Awards; you will need to apply for Applications of Science BTEC Level 2 First Award too. Each Award is equivalent to one GCSE and is made up of four Mandatory units. These mandatory units cover aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, and focus on how our knowledge of these sciences is used in everyday life. As well as providing basic information, it looks at how science is used in everyday situations.

The four units in Principles of Applied Science cover core concepts to develop your knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics topics.

The four units in the Application of Applied Science look at how scientific knowledge is applied and is more practical in nature.

The course involves a lot of research, completing tasks based on a variety of scientific ideas and exams. Much of the work is covered during practical investigations and you will learn about laboratory safety and good practice.

This is a very practical course; the main aim is for you to develop your techniques and understanding of the range of skills needed by a science technician in the workplace. This means that much of the learning will be through practical projects, independent research, and presentations. You will also have plenty of practice to prepare for exams.

*Don’t forget to apply for Applications of Science BTEC First Award too!*


You need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including a grade 3 in Science.

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How to apply

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Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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