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Biology (Applied) BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

WHAT IS A BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN APPLIED BIOLOGY?

This is a Level 3 qualification which is equivalent to a single A level, although different in content and approach. It includes the skills required to pursue a career in science alongside the chance to develop knowledge and understanding of Biology, the science of life. A BTEC qualification provides an opportunity for learning in a real-life, practical context as well as securing a sound theoretical background. It allows you to develop a range of skills and techniques, abilities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY THE BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN APPLIED BIOLOGY?

As it is all assignment based, there are no examinations and it also offers a natural progression from vocational and applied science courses studied at school. This course can be studied alongside other AS/A Levels and might suit those who wish to take one science subject to maintain a breadth of courses on entering the College. The very best reason for studying Biology is because it interests you.

USEFUL SKILLS & INTERESTS

This course suits those who like a creative approach to presenting information and don’t want to have to learn a lot of facts. There is a considerable amount of practical work included, so it helps if you enjoy this. Two of the units include some Chemistry and Physics so you need to have a real interest in Science. It is essential that you have good organisational skills, time management and enthusiasm in order to be successful on this course.

Course content

The two-year course is made up of six units, two of which are compulsory and the rest are optional. Three units will be studied in the first year, and the remaining three studied in the second year.

The compulsory units are

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Scientific Practical Techniques

The other units you will study on the course are:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least grade C in two Science GCSEs. Alternatively, you need to achieve Merit or better in a BTEC or OCR Level 2 Science qualification. Overall you need to achieve 5 or more GCSE passes at grade C including GCSE Maths and English.

Assessment

This is a non-exam based course and is regularly assessed throughout the two years by assignments and practical assessments.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification you will be able to progress onto Higher Education for a broad range of degree courses, including health-related and science-related, or consider opportunities in employment or training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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