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BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy

Course description

The BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science is a practical, work related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science consists of six core units. Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science Unit 2: Working in the Science Industry Unit 3: Scientific Investigation Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques Unit 5: Perceptions of Science Unit 6: Applications of Science In addition all students must complete six specialist units: Unit 7: Mathematics for Science Technicians or Unit 8: Statistics for Science Technicians Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body System Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction Unit 24: Principles of Plant and Soil Science Unit 26: Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions or Unit 27: Chemical Periodicity and its Applications Unit 28: Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry Assessment: Each unit is assessed internally using a number of strategies including investigations, practical work, testing and assignments. Each unit will be given a Pass, Merit or Distinction Grade. Pass - to achieve the criterion for this grade the learner must demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and carry out simple calculations. Merit - The merit learner must show an appreciation of underlying principles of written and practical work. They will carry out calculations with a greater degree of accuracy and correctly interpret primary or secondary data. Distinction - the distinction criteria require the learner to show considerable understanding of the underlying concepts, being able to apply them and use an evaluative approach to their work. They should be able to carry out more complex calculations.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the course are GCSE Science Grade CC or BTEC First Certificate in Science Merit Grade.

Future opportunities

This qualification supports progression into further education to study a science related degree at university. Alternatively employment could be sought as a science technician in a variety of types of technical work such as: Quality control, medical laboratory analysis, materials testing, research, education.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guru Nanak Sikh Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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