Applied Science

Applied Science, BTEC

Applied Science

Applied Science, BTEC

BTEC (Level 3) Extended Certificate (Single Award)

This course develops students’ scientific skills, knowledge and understanding and stretches them to apply these to a scientific setting. It will hone students’ cognitive and problem-solving skills, along with improving their ability to communicate effectively. The self-management and resilience required for this course will provide an excellent basis to enter higher education or employment. This challenging course covers in-depth aspects in biology, chemistry and physics. The variety of topics range from detailed cell structure to periodicity and properties of elements, as well as the use of waves in communication. Students will explore a range of practical chemistry techniques and deduce conclusions and evaluations from results they have independently produced.

 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (Triple Award)

Equivalent in size to three A Levels. The extended diploma in Applied science is designed as a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in the applied science sector before entering employment. It has been developed so that students build a wide range of science knowledge and a high level of understanding, A level standard, alongside lots of practical skills. We cover all three disciplines of science (biology, chemistry & physics). 

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Course Outlines

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics, with Grade 4, 4 in GCSE Combined Science.

Assessment

Single Award:

Unit 1 – Externally assessed examination – 25%

Unit 2 – Internally assessed coursework – 25%

Unit 3 – Externally assessed examination – 33%

Unit 8 – Internally assessed coursework – 17%

 BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (Triple Award)

13 units of which 7 are mandatory and 4 are externally assessed (exams).

Mandatory content (67%). External assessment (42%).

Course Units

 Single Award:

Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science

Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.

Unit 3 – Science Investigative Skills, 1 Unit – internally assessed portfolio.

Unit 8 – Phycology of Human Body systems

Triple Award:

  • Principles & Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures & techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques & Their Application
  • Principles & Applications of Science II
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science

As well as the seven mandatory units we also have to complete six internally assessed coursework modules.

Biology:

  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Genetics and genetic engineering

Chemistry:

  • Applications of organic chemistry
  • Forensic evidence, collection and analysis

Physics:

  • Materials science
  • Astronomy and space science

Please follow the below link to find more information in regards to each unit that we cover: –https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Applied-Science/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938195_BTECNat_AppSci_ExtDips_Spec.pdf

 

Future Opportunities

This qualification carries UCAS points and can therefore be used alongside a range of both A Level and BTEC subjects. For example, taken alongside A Level in psychology and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in sport to progress to sport psychology courses. It can also be used alongside the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in health and social care to progress to nursing courses.

Further Information

This course combines well for those students studying linear courses, as 40% is internally assessed portfolio and 60% examination exams are taken in January of Year 12 and Year 13 to reduce the exam demand at the end of Year 13.

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