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Applied Science BTEC at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School

Course description

Why study Applied Science?

The BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science provides a more vocational emphasis for students wishing to study science at GCE Level. The course is aimed to be delivered over two years and will provide learners with a qualification equivalent to that of one and half A Levels. The basic learning outcomes for each of the units are below to give students a chance to see the general content that will be covered by the course.

What will I learn about?

The following topics are covered by the course: Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science 1 Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

How is it taught?

The course is taught by a number of specialist teachers. The lessons have a large amount of emphasis on the practical aspects of science.

How will I be assessed?

Units 1 & 3: Students are assessed through separate 90 minute written exams which are set and marked externally. Students are able to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction in each unit. Units 2, 4 & 8: Students are given assignments to complete which demonstrate that certain learning outcomes have been achieved. These assignments are completed in lessons and graded by staff. Students are able to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction in the various assignments.

Pathways to future careers/ courses

The course aim is to prepare people for work in laboratories and other scientific work places. It is also used as a pathway to Nursing. Students also develop transferable and higher-order skills such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis, which are highly regarded by both HE and employers. When combined with other qualifications within a two year program (such as AS/A Levels or another BTEC Level 3 qualification, students can progress into higher education.

Entry requirements

This course would be suitable for students who gained a C grade or above in Science GCSE (both Core and Additional), or who completed Level 2 BTEC in Applied Science to Merit level.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

This course would be suitable for students who gained a C grade or above in Science GCSE (both Core and Additional), or who completed Level 2 BTEC in Applied Science to Merit level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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