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Applied Science Pearson Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at Cotham School

Course description

The course would suit someone with an all- round interest in Science and who enjoys the practical/coursework elements of Science.

Course content

What will you learn?

Unit 1 covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics and is assessed with a formal written examination.

In Unit 2, students will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries. This will be assessed through written internally set assignments.

Unit 3 will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. This will be formally assessed by a task set by Pearson (Edexcel).

Unit 11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering - students will gain an understanding of the structure of DNA, cell division and the principles of Mendelian genetics and variation.

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

A range of learning and teaching methods are used in this course. There will be a focus on  employability skills eg  problem-solving skills,  use of critical thinking, using systems and technology,  intrapersonal skills such as communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and interpersonal skills such as self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Students will be expected to develop the ability to learn independently , the ability to research actively and methodically and to progress to become competent practical and technical scientists.

Entry requirements

Centre entry requirements plus Grade 4 in maths and two Grade 4’s in science.


58% externally assessed

Future opportunities

Designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotham School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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