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Science (Applied) Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at Tavistock Community College

Course description

The first year of this course is equivalent to an AS level; the student may continue to study for a second year in order to earn an A2 level equivalent qualification. The Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science consists of a number of different units. Units within the qualification cover areas of laboratory science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science. Each unit is assessed using a portfolio of work produced by the individual student. The contents of the portfolio will vary with each unit, but may include written reports, presentations, work sheets, practical write-ups, graphs and posters, projects, performance observation and research. This course is suitable for students who enjoy a wide variety of learning styles. As it is portfolio based, there is the opportunity to make use of your strengths and look for support on your weaknesses. You will especially enjoy the course if you like the challenge of independent research, supported by directed classroom activities such as practicals, discussions and group work.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades including a merit or distinction in BTEC Science level 2 or Cs or better in Additional or Triple Science.

Assessment

The Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science consists of a number of different units. Each unit is assessed using a portfolio of work produced by the individual student. The contents of the portfolio will vary with each unit, but may include written reports, presentations, work sheets, practical write-ups, graphs and posters, projects, performance observation and research. Work must be the students own and any resources used must be referenced correctly at the end of each piece. The course is designed to give opportunities for practical work and industry visits to make the science more relevant and to give students ideas about possible careers.

Future opportunities

Scientists work in industry, the health service, government establishments and educational institutions. Fields of work include research and development and scientific analysis, and there are job opportunities in almost every industry, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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