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BTEC Diploma Applied Science (Level 3) at King Ethelbert School

Course description

This course is ideal for those of you wanting to study science to become a professional scientist in the future. BTEC qualifications offer a “real science” alternative to A Levels. This is a very practical course in which you learn science skills by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace activities. You are able to learn about science as a career while developing the skills you need to be a professional scientist.


Course content

Through our links with the scientific community, we will be using professionals who have worked in linked careers to enhance your learning. It is a very flexible course and, through a unit structure, it allows you to follow a course closer to your personal needs and interests.You will study 6 core units which are:

• Fundamentals of Science

• Working in the Science Industry

• Scientific Investigations

• Scientific Practical Techniques

• Perceptions of Science

Using Mathematical Tools in Science.

In addition to these core units, you will also study 9 option topics which cover a range of themes. Some of these options include genetic engineering; diseases and infections; astronomy and physiology.

Entry requirements

A minimum of:i) 5 A*-C, or equivalent, including English and mathematics ii) a B in science

Future opportunities

The skills and knowledge you will gain on the course will prepare you for working in a range of laboratory environments from hospitals to schools to forensic science settings, alongside further science related opportunities.The Applied Science course provides you with a good basis for either further study or entering employment. If you decide to continue to university, the BTEC Diploma is accepted as UCAS points which will allow you entry into a range of scientific or medical degrees including biomedical science; forensic science and nursing among many others. It will also allow you to progress onto related courses in Higher or Further Education.

Further information

From your Careers Advisor or Head of Sixth Form

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: 19 October 2016
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