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Applied Science BTEC First Extended Certificate Level 2 at Hackney Community College

Course description

In studying the BTEC Applied science programme you will be studying the three main sciences: biology, chemistry and physics. English or maths are available to students who do not have a grade C in these subjects as well as functional skills inICT, maths and English. You will get hands on experience in the laboratory where you will develop your skills in chemistry to identify and analyse solutions and compounds. In physics you will undertake experiments involving electricity, circuits and forces etc. In biology you will learn about foods, grow bacterial cultures, test plant tissue for DNA and look at disease. You will also learn about atomic structure, bonding, materials and in physics you will look at power and renewable energy sources.

Course content

The BTEC sciences are taught in the laboratory. Teaching is carried out in fully equipped, highly resourced specialists laboratories. You will learn by a combination of formal teaching as well as the use of assessed practicals, experimental procedures, assignment work and note taking. Part of your learning includes the use of ICT in the classroom and laboratory via laptops as well as library work. Your learning also takes place outside of the college in the form of trips – such as the science and natural history museum.

Overall, the Level 2 BTEC course has 15 hours teacher contact time per week over the course of one year. However, you should expect to spend time each week studying and completing homework in addition to your actual lessons. Normally, you should expect to spend an extra 4 hours a week on private study. Your teacher will set you regular homework. We will expect you to use a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and Intranet, etc.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at grade D-G or level 1 in Applied Science. Other qualifications (including overseas equivalents), will be considered.


The BTEC level 2 sciences are assessed by practical coursework and written assignments for specific units. Work is internally marked and you will also take an online exam at the end of the year.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Further Education or employment. The BTEC level 2 course prepares you forBTEC level 3 Applied science or employment.

Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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