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Applied Science BTEC National Diploma Level 3 at Sir John Leman High School

Course description

An A-level equivalent Science course that allows students to study elements of all three sciences. There are two options of study leading to either the Extended Certificate (1 A Level Equivalent) or the National Diploma (2 A level Equivalent).

Traditionally a vocational option, the course is very practical in its structure and students will develop excellent practical skills alongside a sound knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

This course is suitable for all GCSE and BTEC science students, allowing them to work at their own level. A high proportion will achieve an equivalent C grade or higher.

Extended Learning:

Students will be expected to undertake research complete coursework outside of lesson time.

Course content

Year 1:

Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate (Single Award)

Students will complete the following units:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science. Externally assessed.
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques. Coursework.

Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (Double Award)

Students will complete Units 1 and 2 and the following additional units:

  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills. Externally assessed.
  • Unit 12: Disease and Infection. Coursework.

Year 2:

Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate (Single Award)

Students will complete the following units:

  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills. Externally assessed.
  • Unit 12: Disease and Infection. Coursework.

Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (Double Award

Students will complete the following units:

  • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and Their Applications. Coursework.
  • Unit 5: Principles and Application of Science II. Externally Assessed.
  • Unit 6: Investigative Project. Coursework.
  • Unit 23: Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis. Coursework.

Entry requirements

  • Grade C GCSE Triple
  • or Additional Science
  • or Additional Science
  • or BTEC Applied Science Pass.

Assessment

Most units are assessed by completion of practical based assignments but several units are externally assessed by examination. 

Future opportunities

This course allows students to gain UCAS points for university or enter other aspects of science based industries at apprentice level.

It is globally recognised by universities, colleges and professional institutions.

Students can gain a pass, merit, distinction or distinction* grade.

UCAS points range from 16 (pass at BTEC National Extended Certificate) to 112 (distinction* at BTEC National Diploma). 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Leman High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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