BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This qualification is designed specifically for individuals who are already working within this sector, and are looking to progress in their career.

Equivalent to two A levels, this qualification is valued by employers and provides a great stepping stone to further training and education such as our HNC in Applied Chemistry or FdSc Microbiology, at University Centre St Helens.

If you are an employer, interested in investing and upskilling your current workforce, please get in touch with our Business Development Team on 01744 623521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in September and will take two years to complete. You will attend College one day per week, from 9.00am - 8.00pm.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

During the course, you will study the following modules:

The course consists of 8 units, 6 mandatory and 2 optional. Within the mandatory units, 3 are externally assessed.

The mandatory modules are:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I (Externally assessed)
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills (Externally assessed)
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Principles and Applications of Science II (Externally assessed)
  • Investigative Project

The optional units are:

  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Practical Chemical Analysis

How is it assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course by a range of methods including assignments, evidence portfolios, projects, case studies, practical exercises and external tests and set tasks.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have a level 2 BTEC qualification in a relevant subject area or four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, (equivalent to grade C) including a science subject and preferably English and maths.

It is also crucial that you are already employed within this sector, as this qualification applies your knowledge and skills to a work-related context.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility is not dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments do not start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to progress on to HNC Applied Chemistry or FdSc Microbiology, at University Centre St Helens.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

If you are an employer and would like to find out more about how your current workforce could benefit from studying this qualification, please contact our Business Development Team on 01744 623521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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