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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The course is designed to be flexible so that it can reflect individual interests and career aspirations. The focus on this qualification is to provide students with the opportunity to specialise in applied science, and specific areas within this, such as: criminology/psychology, scientifc investigation or mathematics/statistics, biochemistry, human physiology and organ systems and chemical analysis techniques. 

Course content

Year 12

It is an introduction to a vocational sector through applied learning. For learners for whom an element of science would be complementary, the qualification supports progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other vocational or general qualifications. This BTEC is a 360 guided learning hour qualification that consists of two mandatory units. 

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science - the aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop practical techniques necessary to pursue a career as a laboratory technician. Learners will investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and the function of cells, the calorific values of fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information. 
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques - learners will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries. This unit introduces you to standard laboratory equipment and techniques, including titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chomatography, calibration procedures and laboratory safety. 

Year 13

  • Science Investigation Skills - learners will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. 
  • Optional Units - to be confirmed

Assessment

Year 12

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
This unit will be assessed through a 90 minute written exam woth 90 marks, which is set and marked by Pearson. The paper is split into three sections, each worth 30 marks:

  • Section A: Biology
  • Section B: Chemistry
  • Section C: Physics

The paper will include a range of question types, including multiple choice, calculations, short answer and open response. These question types by their very nature generally assess discrete knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit. The assessment availability is January and May/June each year. The first assessment availability is May/June 2017. 

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Leaners are assessed by a programme of practical and theoretical assignments and will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence to be submitted for final assessment.

Year 13

Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). 

Unit 3: Scientific Investigation Skills

  • A task is set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
  • The supervised assessment is arranged over two sessions in a three-week period timetabled by Pearson
  • The supervised assessment sessions are 3 hours for Part A and 1.5 hours for Part B.
  • Practical investigation and written submission.
  • 60 marks

Optional Units

Learners are assessed by a programme of practical and theoretical assignments and will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence to be submitted for final assessment.

Future opportunities

Scientists work in industry, the health service, government establishments and educational institutions. Fields of work include research and development and scientific analysis, and there are job opportunities in almost every industry, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals. There are also many transferable skills developed through learning the scientific method which can be applied to a whole range of careers that may not directly use science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2017
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