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Science (Applied) - BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

The BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is a Level 3 qualification designed to provide work-related qualifications in a range of scientific vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment in a scientific field.

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular scientific aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector.

Course content

Students will study three mandatory units in the first year. These units focus on obtaining an overview of the three main disciplines in science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also address the important skills necessary for conducting valid and reliable practical work.

In the second year, students will study optional units that will equal 30 credits, and may include medical or forensic sciences.

The BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE ‘A’ Level.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C or above or BTEC Merit or Distinction. It is preferable that students will have achieved a good Science grade at GCSE or BTEC.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, a learner can progress to a university degree in appropriate, related vocational disciplines or areas. These areas might include working as health scientists, technicians, careers as support staff, working in schools, or working in other scientific fields.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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