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Applied Science : BTEC National Diploma at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

Course description

This course covers the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigation and practical techniques, perceptions of science and application of numbers. You will also study mathematics, statistics, human physiology, microbiology techniques, genetics and genetic engineering, medical physics techniques, electrical circuits, chemical reactions, chemical periodicity and organic chemistry. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-level. The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

Course content

This course covers the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigation and practical techniques, perceptions of science and application of numbers. You will also study mathematics, statistics, human physiology, microbiology techniques, genetics and genetic engineering, medical physics techniques, electrical circuits, chemical reactions, chemical periodicity and organic chemistry. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-level. The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

Entry requirements

GCSE Core and Additional Science – DD

GCSE Maths – D

GCSE English – C

 

Assessment

This course has both internally and externally assessed components. Internally assessed units require students to: • write up the findings of their own research • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment, procedures and techniques. These requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed though presentations, practical tasks and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions. The number of assignments that need to be completed varies depending on the number of A - Levels the course is equivalent to. Externally assessed units: • The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate has one written exams lasting 1.5 hours and an externally assessed task that lasts 4.5 hours. • The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma has two written exams, one lasting 1.5 hours and the other 2 hours. It also has one externally assessed coursework tasks lasting 4.5 hours. • The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma has two written exams, one lasting 1.5 hours and the other 2 hours. It also has two externally assessed coursework tasks, one lasting 4.5 hours, the other 2.5 hours. Students on the Diploma and Extended Diploma courses, must complete all the work required for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate by the end of Year 12 to be able to continue with their studies in Year 13.

Financial information

There may be bursaries available for students subject to meeting specific criteria.

Future opportunities

This course is highly valued by employers and higher education providers. You can progress on to a wide range of degree programs at university. Possible degrees include biology, zoology, nursing, pharmacy and chemistry. Alternatively you could progress directly into a career within the scientific industry, for example, as a laboratory technician.

Further information

Please contact the Academy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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