Applied Science - Level 2

Balliol Road Campus

Course Details

This course involves a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study. You will explore the principles of chemistry, energy and biology.

Science is an exciting and developing area of work that broadens your career options. This course will enable you to get practical experience of working in a laboratory, gain a broad understanding across chemistry, physics and biology on both an academic and practical level.

To assist you in your studies and understanding of science in the wider world, this course includes talks from industry professionals and visits to places of scientific interest and industry.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade 9-4 (old grading system: A*-C) if you do not already have these grades.

Our Level 2 Applied science programme covers a range of topics both theoretical and practical and provides a good introduction to further study in all science areas, as it covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This course is equivalent to 3 GCSE(s) and offers an excellent combination of academic and practical study in preparation for level 3.

The course is theory based but there are core practical experiments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics that you will need to understand to complete your coursework and exams.

The mandatory units are:

  • Unit 1 – Principles of Science (exam)
  • Unit 2 – Chemistry and Our Earth
  • Unit 3 – Energy and our Universe
  • Unit 4 – Biology and our Environment
  • Unit 5 – Applications of Chemical Substances
  • Unit 6 – Applications of Physical Science
  • Unit 7 – Health Applications of Life Science
  • Unit 8 – Scientific Skills (exam)

We then complete a selection of the following optional units:

  • Unit 9 – Practical Scientific Project
  • Unit 12 – The Living Body
  • Unit 15 – Investigating a Crime Scene
  • Unit 17 – Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Unit 23 – Further Chemistry

This course is 20% exam based and 80% coursework.

Throughout the course you will be expected to complete 21 written assignments.

BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science.
1 year, 11 hours per week (over 3 days).

On successful completion of the Extended Certificate our students have progressed to Level 3, apprenticeships, higher level courses.

This course can support progression into a wide range of job roles, including:

  • Radiography
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Sport Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Food Technology
  • Analytical Science
  • Quality Control
  • Environmental Science
  • Healthcare
  • Scientific magazine or journal

Entry Requirements

How much will this course cost me?

Aged 16-18


Aged 19+

There may be fees associated with this course.

You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)

You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study. If you are aged 19+ then there may be fees associated with the course. You may be eligible to have some, or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

Please contact our independent Careers Advisors. Call 0151 353 4444 or email