Applied Science - Level 2 (Full-Time)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Science

Attendance Full-Time


This level 2 Science course is designed to develop basic science and laboratory skills and is an ideal entry point in gaining qualifications in applied science.  You will cover topics equalavant to GCSE Science in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as Psychology and Forensics. The course is practical based with opportunities to improve skills in Science, English and Maths. You will develop technical lab skills specifically linked to science-based employment. You will also enhance your skills in biology, chemistry and physics and gain experience of work. Previously, students have designed and carried out science experiments in local primary schools, providing exciting lessons to young children, gaining valuable experience in teaching and science communication. Students regularly visit employers to understand the demands of the science industry and to see how science is applied in practice. Visits have included Thomas Swan, Piramal and Nestlé. Students have enjoyed field trips to The Eden Project in London and the STEM conference at The Discovery Museum.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is typically for school leavers who are interested in pursuing a career in Science or for those wanting to get back into Science.

Qualification Gained

Level 2 Gateway Extended Certificate in Applied Science and Technology, GCSE Maths and GCSE English or Functional Skills where appropriate

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

Students will study the Level 2 Gateway Extended Certificate in Applied Science and Technology which includes the following subjects: The Living Body, Chemistry & Our Earth, Energy & Our Universe, Investigating a Crime Scene and Investigating Human Behaviour.

Learning Methods

This course is taught through a mixture of classes, lab practicals and project work. There are also some field trips and company visits. This is a 1 year full time course in college for four days a week and you are also expected to do assignments in your own time.

Assessment Methods

This course is completely coursework based which includes assessed practicals however you will sit exams if you are studying GCSE/FS English and/or Maths.

Progression Opportunities

Using the skills you’ve learnt on this course and the fantastic links to employers, you will stand in good stead to progress onto a science related degree or go directly into employment. Students who successfully complete this course with a satisfactory grade, attitude and interview can apply to study the BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science or Level 3 Access to HE course.

Career Opportunities

You could work in science based industries, in careers such as laboratory work, school technicians, medical technicians and analysts.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's grade 2 (E/F) or above including Science, English and Maths.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.