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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma gives students the opportunity to progress to higher education or vocational qualifications, such as health-related courses and degrees, or a degree in applied sciences.The Diploma can also lead to a career in the health care, leisure, medical, laboratory-based science or food/catering industries.

This qualification is equivalent to 2 A levels.  

Course content

You will perform various practical techniques and learn about their application in industry, medicine and research. Through these you will develop the transferable higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers.

You will study compulsory units plus a number of optional units.

Compulsory units include: Principles and Applications of Science 1; Practical Science Procedures and Techniques; Scientific Investigation Skills; Laboratory Techniques and their Application; Principles and Applications of Science 2; Investigative project; Contemporary Issues in Science.

Examples of optional units include: Physiology of Human Body Systems; Astronomy and Space Science; Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques; Medical Physics Applications; Biomedical Science; Practical Chemical Analysis. The units offered will depend upon demand each year and this will be reviewed annually. Typically you will take one additional subject with this course.

The course is flexible so it is possible to complete a shorter course to achieve a Certificate (equivalent to one AS level), Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A level), or a Foundation Diploma (1.5 of an A level).

Entry requirements

You should have either grade 4 or above in two single science GCSE’s, or grade 44 in GCSE Combined Science, or at least a merit in a level 2/ intermediate applied science course. A minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English and in GCSE Maths is required. You must also have a genuine interest in the subject and have the motivation to apply yourself to the course.

Assessment

This qualification is equivalent to 2 A levels. The course is divided into units which are assessed as assignments. Most are submitted in a portfolio to be marked and verified internally. Additionally there are two externally assessed written papers and an externally assessed task.

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma gives students the opportunity to progress to higher education or vocational qualifications, such as health-related courses and degrees, or a degree in applied sciences. The Diploma can also lead to a career in the health care, leisure, medical, laboratory-based science or food/catering industries.

Further information

This course is equivalent to 2 A levels over 2 years, and will be delivered in the same time allocation as 2 A levels. Students will generally be expected to combine this with at least one further A level. The course is flexible so it is possible to complete a shorter course to achieve a Certificate, Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A level) or a Foundation Diploma (1.5 of an A-level).

Many - but not all - universities accept BTEC National Diploma as an entry qualification for their degree courses.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 September 2017
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