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Applied Science at Calder High School

Course description

BTECs are work related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university. They provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. They can be taken as well as, or in place of, GCSEs and A levels in schools and colleges. BTECs are recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. BTECs have been around for 25 years, their reputation is second to none and they continue to grow and develop. In 2007, more than one million students enrolled on a BTEC course.

Course content

Core Units

Fundamentals of science

Students study aspects of chemistry (periodic table), biology (cells) and physics. (energy and electricity)

Scientific practical techniques

This is largely a chemistry unit looking at estimating purity of compounds

Working in the science industry

This unit looks at all the processes and procedures that take place in workplace laboratories

Specialist Units

Application of number for science technicians

Students learn to carry out mathematical procedures which are used in a practical laboratory situation

Chemical Laboratory Techniques

This is largely a chemistry unit studying organic and inorganic chemistry


Students learn about some of the systems in the body and how they work together

Entry requirements

A GCSE Grade C or above in either single award or applied science and a C in Mathematics

Future opportunities

Higher Education

Forensic Science related degree

Biology or Chemistry related degrees

Top up to a BTEC diploma where available


Forensic science

Chemistry or Biology based



Hospital Work

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September