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Applied Science BTEC at The Brakenhale Academy

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is part of a larger suite of BTEC Applied Science qualifications, at a range of sizes, which share the common purpose of helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the applied science sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college. By studying a BTEC Level 3 National, learners develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Learners can operate at a standard that can reasonably be expected of an 18 year old in full-time education.
What will I study?
Within this suite, the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science is primarily a Technical Level qualification, equivalent in size to two A Levels, which has been designed to enable learners to develop a significant common core of knowledge – including fundamentals of science, scientific practical techniques, working in the science industry, scientific investigations and using mathematical tools in science – and providing extensive opportunity to study in more depth a range of option areas of their choice, such as:
 informatics in science
 biochemistry and biochemical techniques
 industrial chemical reactions
 electrical circuits and their applications
 physiological investigations
 science for environmental technicians.
How will I be assessed?
 Internally assessed assignments. Some students thrive on the pressure of exams, but others often fail to achieve their potential due to worries or nerves. With a BTEC, progress is measured throughout the course, allowing students to gauge their own performance on a continuing basis, just like in a real workplace. As a result, students are more engaged and motivated, as they can see the progress they have made through the course rather than waiting until the end to sit an exam. If you have concerns about exam performance, the BTEC route, with all work assessed through the year and no final exams, could be the better option.
 Progress is monitored individually by teachers who provide personal support and guidance, helping students develop their learning skills and reach their potential. Learning is progressive, from small-scale and simple topics to larger and more complex themes.
What does it lead to?
 BTECs give students the skills they need to either move on to higher education or go straight into employment
 BTECs are recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide.
 BTECs are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university.
 BTECs offer natural progression along a vocational path, from and to academic qualifications and university.
 If you are not sure about the path you will wish to take, the flexibility of BTECs

Entry requirements

Minimum of D in 2 GCSE Sciences or 2 passes in Level 2 BTEC Science (Principles of Applied Science and Applications of Science).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brakenhale Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years