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BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 in Medical Science

The BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (with Medical Science) aims:

  • You will learn in a practical way to identify the microscopic structures of cells and see what they do.
  • You will also investigate different types of energy, and carry out chemical reactions and analyses. It is important in medical science to be able to prepare pure substances and to identify substances in a mixture, and you will be involved in these types of activities. Instrumentation is widely used in medical work alongside more traditional laboratory techniques and you will actively gain experience in both.
  • You will have the opportunity to communicate the results of your investigations in a variety of ways. Health and safety requirements and the organisation of work and records in a scientific workplace underscore the delivery on the course. In the second year, you will study topics such as human physiology, medical physics techniques and perceptions of science.

This information, along with the course details below, is taken from the Edexcel specification, which can be found at the following link:

Year 12

Course details
Board: Edexcel   Course Title: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science   


Unit(s) of Work


Autumn term 1

Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science (10 credits)

Unit 4 -Scientific Practical Techniques (10 credits)

Students will complete these two units at the same time, one with each of their Btec Science teachers.

Unit 1 - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop the practical techniques necessary to pursue a career as a laboratory technician. Learners will investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells, the calorific value of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information.

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Unit 4 -  The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use a range of practical techniques used in science such as the

analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors. The variety of

techniques in the content allows the unit to be tailored to reflect the focus of different areas of study, eg

forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, electronics and environmental science.

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Unit 2 – Working in the Science Industry (10 credits)

Unit 2 - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills that an employee in the science

industry needs to be an effective, efficient and safe member of a team. Learners will know communication

practices, how laboratories are designed, how information is stored in laboratory information management

(LIMS) and how to work safely in a scientific workplace.

Summer Term 2

Year 13
Course details
Board: Edexcel   Course Title: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)


Unit(s) of Work


Autumn term

Unit 5: Perceptions of Science

Unit 5: The aim of this unit is for learners to consider the public perception of science. This includes the influence of the media as well as that of scientists and organisations. It also aims to help students to understand that there are still some unanswered questions in the science world and that exciting prospects develop as technology and understanding advance.

Spring Term

Unit 20: Medical Physics Techniques.

Unit 20: This unit aims to help students to understand the uses of important physics techniques such as gamma rays, MRI scanners, radiation therapy, X-rays and ultrasound. All of these techniques are key factors in modern medicine and learners will find that they have come across many of them before. This unit allows students to fully understand the science behind the medicine.

Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems

Unit 11: This unit aims to teach students about the workings of the human body. Students will learn about the hearts structure and function, as well as the lymphatic system and digestive system. Students will study cells in detail and will build up their knowledge on cells, tissues and organs.

Summer Term

All work is internally assessed, as either  Pass, Merit, or distinction standard.

The details shown above are intended to give only approximate guidelines for dates of delivery and assessment of the units.