Applied Science BTEC 90 Credit/Extended Diploma Level 3
You’ll study units covering biology, chemistry and physics and will also learn the key practical techniques needed to have a successful career in the science industry.
4 or 5 subjects at grade 4 or above including English and/or Maths. Level 2 GCSE or BTEC Science will also be considered as part of the entry requirement.
What will I study?
Students complete a range of mandatory units which cover concepts such as energy, chemical reactions and the structure and role of cells. We also look at aspects of working in the science industry and key practical techniques. There are specialist units in biology, chemistry and physics covering topics such as microbiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and waves. These and other topics also allow the development of the maths skills needed to be a proficient scientific researcher.
Students successfully completing the first year of this course will be able to access an additional year to achieve an Extended Diploma in Applied Science to gain access to university or employment.
Method of delivery
Lessons take place in purpose-built science labs with modern facilities and good equipment. You will be taught by subject specialists in each area of the course with at least one tutor for each of biology, chemistry and physics. Your tutors will guide you in developing the necessary practical skills as well as learning the theoretical concepts and applications. There is a lot of practical work which often forms part of your course assessment, so good attendance is vital.
How will I be assessed?
The bulk of the assessment for this course is through internal coursework, which means that you will complete tasks to a set deadline that are marked by your College tutors. This involves a lot of practical work done in the science labs during lesson time, as well as applying the theory you have studied to solving problems or discussing its uses. For each piece of work you will be given guidance on what is expected and a set of written instructions, and you will receive written feedback after you submit. In some cases there is an opportunity to make a second submission if you have not met all the criteria at the first attempt.
There are also two external tasks each year that are sent away from College to be graded. These are a written exam in each year, a practical task and an activity looking at how science is communicated.
Good course combinations
This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.
Your next steps
Students can progress into higher education, apprenticeships or full-time employment. The course is not suitable for those students wanting to progress on to nursing or physics courses at university.
Recent students have gained access to study biomedical science, marine biology, forensic science and careers within the NHS such as Paramedics and in radiography.