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Science (Applied) BTEC Level 3 at Egglescliffe School

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Applied Science course reflects aspects of employment within science organisations or organisations that use science and enable learners to develop practical scientific skills and will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations. This course is assessed by a variety of methods such as; projects, practical work, internally assessed assignments, research and coursework.

Course content

During the course students will build up a portfolio of evidence of their achievements in the various coursework activities. There are no formal examinations however short unit tests may be used to assess understanding and achievement. The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

Subject Specific

Grade C or B in GCSE Core and Additional Science

Future opportunities

On successful completion of a BTEC level 3 qualification, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area. Units within the qualification cover areas of laboratory science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science for example:

  • quality control technician/analyst, where the employee works in a production plant or laboratory carrying out analytical tests using modern instrumentation, ICT and data interpretation
  • working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of X-ray and other imaging/ scanning equipment
  • working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs. Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products
  • working in the chemical industry, involved with testing materials
  • working with the forensic science service or using their analytical skills in the chemistry industry
  • working in chemical companies developing fertilisers and other plant feeds
  • working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments
  • working in a biotechnology laboratory carrying out fermentation and purification processes

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

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