Are the entry requirements different for applied courses?

Yes. If you are interested in an applied programme of study (a BTEC Extended Diploma), entry criteria are:
• At least two grade 6s at GCSE or merit on an equivalent course
• At least a further three grade 4s at GCSE or equivalent
• You should have at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language or Mathematics, with at least a grade 3 in the other one. If you do have a grade 3 in one of these two key subjects, you will be required to re-take this GCSE in addition to your BTEC.