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BTEC Applied Science at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

The BTEC Applied Science Level 3 course gives you the opportunity to acquire technical skills, knowledge and understanding which will enable students to meet the challenges of the new scientific world. Interested in becoming a Science professional or carry on to Higher Education?

Then the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is definitely for you. You will develop a wide range of skills and practice techniques that are used in industry today. Come and join us in a challenging, breath taking and innovative experience learning real Science that will enable you to gain a place at University. 

Skills Needed

This course demands a high level of organisational skills. In the main units you will be learning “Practicing highly skilled techniques”, then producing detailed reports which include evaluations and suggestions for future improvements. In order to achieve this you must be analytical, pay attention to detail and ensure that you work to deadlines.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1 - Fundamentals of Science - (10 credits)

Unit 2 - Working in the Science industry – (10 credits)

Unit 3 - Scientific practical techniques – (10 credits)

Year 2

Unit 5 - Perceptions of Science- This wil study the development of Scientific ideas and the moral issues associated with scientific advances (10 credits)
Unit 11 - Physiology of human body systems - This will study the understanding of the levels of organisation with the human body and in depth knowledge of the role of different organ systems (10 credits)
Unit 18 - Genetics and Genetic engineering - This will study the process of protein synthesis, investigating cell division in eukaryotic cells and applying the principles of genetics and DNA technology. All units are worth (10 credits)

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English, Maths and Core Science


Year 1

This course is worth 30 credits and is achieved by a series of portfolios worked on throughout the year which are marked at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

The Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE AS Level.

Year 2
This course is worth 60 credits along with the AS units and is achieved by a series of portfolios worked on throughout the year which are marked at pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
The subsidiary diploma is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE A Level.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunties

There are opportunities to attend Master classes and 'Taster Days' at some of the local universities. Spectroscopy in a suitcase visit us at Holyhead School. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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