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BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 in Applied Science at Desborough College

Course description

This Applied Science course is a Level 3 BTEC and provides an ideal progression route from year 11. This is a good alternative to science AS/A level qualifications and will help students prepare for further science qualifications or for employment in many scientific fields. The content of the course represents how all three science subjects, biology, chemistry and physics, are employed in real life situations and therefore the students will be required to apply their knowledge to a range of different assignments for organisations that use science.

You will be taught by:

  • Development of practical skills through regular lab based practical activities.
  • Technical lessons to develop knowledge and apply skills learned.

After a number of lessons on a certain topic, students will then be set an assignment to complete. These are usually practically based and are written up for a portfolio.

Course Content

The Subsidiary Diploma course consists of 6 units:

Year 12

UNIT 1: Fundamentals of Science: The Periodic Table & Moles (chemistry), Cells (biology), Energy transfer (physics) & Communication

UNIT 2: Working in the Science Industry: Procedures, Communication, Lab design, Information systems and Health & Safety

UNIT 4: Scientific Practical Techniques: Analytical Techniques, Purity of Substances, Use of Instruments & sensors

Year 13

The Optional units

The final units followed will be decided with the students and will be 3 units from:

UNIT 11: Physiology of Human Body systems - Investigating the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic systems and the organisation of cells and tissues.

UNIT 13 : Biochemistry and biochemical techniques - Investigating biological molecules, enzymes, metabolic pathways and the structure of proteins.

UNIT 18 : Genetics and Genetic Engineering - Investigating the principles of Mendelian genetics and develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories such as extracting DNA and performing PCR.

UNIT 20 : Medical Physics techniques - Investigating medical physics techniques such as x-rays, ultrasounds, diagnostic imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiotherapy. Understand the importance of radiation safety.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C and at least a C grade in English and Maths.

Students should have at least a Pass (Merit is recommended) in BTEC First Applied Science Level 2 or GCSE grade CC in iGCSE Science.

Applied Science is an engaging but also demanding course and students without these grades will find the work very challenging.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years