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Applied Science Level 3 at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

Course description

The BTEC level 3 course is relevant to the science workplace. With more employers looking for qualified people in the field of science, technology and engineering it is a great opportunity to gain a science qualification which is more vocational and skills based. This appeals to many students as they are assessed over a series of assessments which concentrate on certain criteria rather than formal external exams. The course prepares students for a wide range of scientific degree courses or to follow a career in the workplace such as in Forensics, Pharmaceutical Drug Research, Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Dental Technician etc. The students learn through completing assessments based on situations, activities and requirements of the real work place.

Course content

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Science The aim of this unit is to develop the practical techniques necessary to pursue a career as a laboratory technician. Students will investigate the quantities needed in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells, the calorific value of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information. Unit 2 – Working in the Science Industry The aim of this unit is to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills required by an employee in the science industry to be an effective and safe member of a team. Students will know communication practices, how laboratories are designed, how information is stored in laboratory information management and how to work safely in a scientific workplace. Unit 4 –Scientific Practical Techniques The aim of this unit is to enable students to use a range of practical techniques used in science such as the analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors. The variety of techniques in the content allows the unit to be tailored to reflect the focus of different areas of study within Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Year 13 Units Unit 11 – Physiology of Human Body Systems In this unit students will learn about the different systems of the body and how they work together. These include the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, muscoskeletal, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive and reproductive systems. Students will learn to appreciate that each of the organ systems is equally important in enabling us to function as complete organisms. Unit 20 – Medical Physics Techniques The development of medical imaging technology over the last 50 years has given rise to new and fast means of diagnosis in medicine. In this unit students will gain an understanding of the properties of ionizing radiation and develop an appreciation of radioactive decay and half-life as well as discovering how X-Rays and Ultrasound are formed and used to diagnose medical conditions. They will also develop an understanding of how radiotherapy is used to kill cancer cells or destroy tumors. Unit 22 – Chemical Laboratory Techniques This unit will develop the ideas in unit 4 as well as developing ideas about new techniques about quantitative chemistry on a large scale. Student will prepare substances and determine the percentage yield and purity.


Every assessment is set and marked by the school and externally verified. There is no written examination and 100% of the qualification comes from these assessment completed under the guidance of the department. The students can gain a pass, merit or distinction qualification based on the amount and types of assessments they choose to complete.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf directly.

Last updated date: 15 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years