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BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Applied Science West Herts College



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Do you have a passion for science and want to pursue this as a career?

The applied science field has high expectations, with new recruits frequently needing specific skills regardless of their desired discipline. This course will provide the foundation required to get you set for an exciting career in the science industry.

What will I study?

On offer is a course providing a clear insight into a range of related fields. From these firm foundations you can progress to further study, working towards your career in science, criminal justice, public services or a range of related fields.

This courses spans a range of complementary specialisms including:

Chemistry and our earth - investigate chemical reactivity and bonding, investigate how the uses of chemical substances depend on their chemical and physical properties and investigate the factors involved in the rate of chemical reactions.

Biology and our environment - investigate the relationships that different organisms have with each other and with their environment. Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of human activity on the environment and how these effects can be measured

The living body - investigate the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, along with reproductive functions and how collectively these processes work to maintain the human body

Investigating a crime scene - learn to use a variety of scientific processes to analyse evidence gathered from a crime scene and develop an understanding of the relationship between forensic science and the law

Science in medicine - investigate concepts such as diagnosis and treatment of diseases or conditions that occur when the human body systems malfunction, including how pharmaceutical and physical treatments are used to deal with such malfunctions

Investigating human behaviour - consider some of the biological and social theories that exist to explain human behaviour and investigate the methods that psychologists use when conducting ethical research

Scientific skills - develop an understanding of how the scientific industry operates and how the products or services developed by science-based organisations are developed


Alongside these specific aspects of your course you’ll study English and maths and take part in GAP work placement to develop your skills and get you ready for employment.

What can I do next?

With further training and study you will be able to enter a number of careers within the forensic science or related industries. You can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science or Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic Science.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Applied Science.

Full Time (1 year)

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09 Sep


Watford Campus

Hempstead Road,



WD17 3EZ, England

Full Time (1 year)

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09 Sep


Hemel Hempstead Campus


Hemel Hempstead,


HP1 1HD, England

Entry requirement for international students

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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