BTEC Applied Science

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate Applied Science (1 x AS equivalent)

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science (1 x A Level equivalent)

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide a broad scientific knowledge for students interested in continuing their science education and possibly looking for careers in science related industry.

This course is suitable for students who enjoy a wide variety of learning styles.  As it is portfolio based, there is the opportunity to make use of your strengths and look for support on your weaknesses.  It is a single course, equivalent to one A Level.

Course Outline

The course consists of two core units, plus four specialist units each consisting of 60 hours ‘guided learning’. Guided learning hours will be a combination of timetabled class time and independent study.  Completing the two core units and one specialist unit in the first year is equivalent to 1 x AS Level pass.  Completing the additional specialist units in the second year is equivalent to achieving 1 x A2 Level pass.

In the first year the following units will be studied:

Unit 1:    Fundamentals of Science

Unit 2:    Working in the Science industry

Unit 4:    Scientific Practical Techniques

In the second year the following units will be studied although this may be subject to change:

Unit 11:  Physiology of Human Body systems

Unit 18:  Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Unit 20: Medical Physics Techniques

Course Assessment

Each module is assessed using a portfolio of work produced by the student, which may include essays, presentations, practical write-ups, poster work and research.  Resources used must be referenced correctly.  There will also be ‘timed’ pieces of work, which could include essays.

Career Opportunities

Many students who study the BTEC route consider a career in the research science field, or as a technician.  However, with the relevant work experience candidates could progress on to careers in management, teaching or higher level research.  Other possible career paths could include forensics, food manufacturing, environment and conservation, animal health and breeding, engineering and aerospace.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have achieved at least grade ‘C’ in ‘Core’ and ‘Additional’ Science.