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BTEC Applied Science Level 3 at Carmel College

Course description

The course covers all three sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but in an "applied" context. That means that you will learn the science in a “real life” context through specially developed assignments. You will sometimes work on your own and sometimes in small groups

Course content

In year 1 you will work towards the new Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Applied Science. This is comprised of three units:

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science

Unit 2: Working in the Science Industry

Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques

In year 2 you will extend your work towards the new Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science with three further units:

Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems

Unit 22: Chemical Laboratory Techniques

Unit 17: Electrical Circuits and their Application

If you choose to study the Level 3 Diploma, equivalent to 2 A Levels, you will complete 12 units in total over the 2 years.

Entry requirements

You will need grade Cs (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths, English and Science


Exam Board - EDEXCEL

All units are 100% assignment based, with no formal examinations. Clear objective criteria are used to assess competency in all the key science areas and you will be able to see how your achievements build up as the course proceeds. There will be plenty of opportunity to show progress.

Further information

What is the Science Faculty like?

Science students study in the West Park building which provides a modern and spacious, state-of-the-art learning environment. The facilities for Science are outstanding with nine very well equipped laboratories, two computer suites and four tutorial bases. The majority of the laboratories “belong” to a single department and you will therefore generally attend the same room throughout the week for your lessons. All rooms are equipped with interactive white boards, multi-media projectors and wireless internet connection enabling internet research to be done in the laboratories.

What support will I receive in the Science Faculty?

Tutors within science will “go the extra mile” to ensure that you will succeed. Individual and small group support sessions are timetabled in the science tutorial base. In addition tutors will make themselves available should you feel that individual help is required. Revision skills tutorials are provided to help you to develop the techniques that you will need to succeed both at A Level and in Higher Education Tutors have regular contact with your parents and will keep them informed regarding your progress.

Enrichment sessions will be provided to extend even the most able, including preparation for the BMAT exams and competitions such as the Physics and Chemistry Olympiads and National Competitions. Gifted and Talented Programmes are available in Science & Engineering as well as Medicine, Dentistry and Vet Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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