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BTEC Applied Science Level 3 Certificate at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The course covers essential theoretical background in all three principle areas of science; Chemistry, Biology and Physics. In addition, there is a strong focus on developing proficiency in practical skills related to many standard laboratory procedures, including titration, calorimetry and chromatography. The course encourages students to reflect on their own development across the different skills being taught.

Course content

The Certificate consists of two mandatory units:
 Principles and Applications of Science I which is assessed by an examination and contributes 50% to the final grade
 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques which is assessed through four written coursework assignments and completion of experiments and contributes 50% of the final grade
The Extended certificate consists of one mandatory unit:
 Science Investigation Skills which is assessed by a practical investigation and examination that is set and graded externally and contributes 67% of the grade
One further optional unit from the following list:
 Physiology of Human Body Systems
 Human Regulation and Reproduction
 Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
 Genetics and Genetic Engineering
 Diseases and Infections
 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
 Applications of Organic Chemistry
 Electrical Circuits and their Application
 Astronomy and Space Science
These are assessed by internally set and graded coursework assignments

Entry requirements

Two Grade 4s at Combined Science or all grade 4s at separate sciences
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics

Future opportunities

Scientists work in industry, the health service, government establishments and educational institutions. Fields of work include research and development and scientific analysis. There are job opportunities in almost every industry, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals to the energy industry. The course is designed for those who wish to gain a qualification that enables them to work in science based industries, perhaps at a technician level or in careers like nursing and occupational or community health.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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  • Start date: Next September


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