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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Kemnal Technology College

Course description

BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science is a QCF Level 3 qualification designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualification in a range of vocational sectors. They give the learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for entry to higher education or employment.

Course content

Year 12 - Order of Study

Fundamentals of science To investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells, the calorific values of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information.

Scientific practical techniques To allow students to use a range of practical techniques used in science such as the analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors.

Physiology of Human body Systems To investigate some of the organ systems of the human body and how they work together.

Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction Students will cover the regulation of body fluids, how the nervous system functions, homeostasis and the human reproductive system.

Microbiology Gain knowledge and skills of key microbiological concepts and techniques that underpin vocational applications, including pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, food production, environmental health and forensic science.

Genetics Develop understanding of the principles of Mendelian genetics and to develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories

Year 13—Order of Study

Working in the science industry Students gain the knowledge and skills that an employee in the science industry needs to be an effective, efficient and safe member of a team.

Scientific investigations Students work as research scientist, setting up an idea, testing it and then reporting the findings.

Perceptions in Science Students consider how people, society and the media interact with science. They will also consider how scientific ideas develop and the ethical/moral issues associated with some scientific advances.

Maths and statistics in science Students learn how to use mathematical and statistical techniques which are essential for working in a science environment.

Biochemistry Learners develop knowledge and techniques needed for the study of biochemistry. Students investigate biological molecules, enzymes, metabolic pathways and the structure of proteins.

Medical physics Students develop an understanding of the important fundamental physics concepts behind medical physics techniques such as x-rays, ultrasounds, diagnostic imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiotherapy.

Entry requirements

GCSE APS of 34 5A*-C including English language and Maths.

Future opportunities

The course covers various areas of science and this provides various routes to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science. These can include roles such as quality control technician/analyst, medical physics technician, working in a research or forensic laboratory. Students could be employed by the chemical industry or a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kemnal Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years