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Medical (Applied) Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Ursuline High School

Course description

The BTEC Nationals Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science is equivalent to two GCE A Levels. The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science gives learners the opportunity to acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in their own status or employment, or general changes in applied science practice, provision or environment.

BTEC Nationals use a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. The nature of the course follows a range of assessments – both practical and written – means students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

Course content

- It builds on their communication, analytical, evaluative and research skills. It is assignment, coursework and examination based, where theory is taught in sessions and then an assignment is given to complete based on the work.The course covers an Introduction to Physiology of the Human Body Systems and Diseases and Infections as optional units.

- Students develop an understanding of subjects such as biology, biomedical science, chemistry, food science, or physics. It can lead to higher education for health related degrees such as nursing or radiography/ radiotherapy or other degrees such as primary teaching.


The assessment cover a total of eight units, six mandatory ones and two optional ones.


1. Principles and Applications of Science I (90 Guided Learning Hours)
2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (90 GLH)
3. Science Investigation Skills (120 GLH)
4. Laboratory Techniques and their Application (90 GLH)
5. Principles and Applications of Science II (120 GLH) 6. Investigative Project (90 GLH)


- Written exam Set and marked by Pearson
- Assignment Set and marked internally

Internal assessment / Coursework amounts to 54% of the final grade.

External Assessment (46% of the final grade

Unit 1: 1.5 hours, 90 marks

Unit 3: supervised assessment (3 hours for Part A and 1.5 hours for Part B), 60 marks

Unit 5: 2 hours, 120 marks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ursuline High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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