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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Queensbury Academy

Course description

This course is suitable for anyone who is planning to enter work directly or wishes to proceed to Higher Education in the applied science sector. After completing the course, students can pursue careers in areas such as hospital laboratory work, food science, scientific research, and health-related professions.

This two year course is a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to one grade A* - E at A Level.

The teaching for the course will involve a mixture of lecturing, practical work, personal research, group research, discussion, and visits to local businesses. The course consists of a mix of biology, chemistry,
and physics topics.

Course content

The mandatory units provide a general understanding of the main areas of chemistry, physics and biology and help you to develop a range of practical skills through experimental work.

Units to be studied
Learners will study four units:
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
(external exam, 2 hours, 90 marks)
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
(internal assignments)
Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
(externally set tasks, externally assessed by Pearson)
Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
(internal assignments)

Entry requirements

Grade 5 GCSE Science. (Combined or Triple)

The course involves a high level of independent work and research in the production of assignments. Since 2016 new assessment structures have been introduced which mean that students undertaking BTEC subjects must be able to work to a stated schedule. This means that students must have an ability to pace themselves and submit assignments to a strict deadline.


Units 1 & 3 are externally assessed through external assessments. The remaining two units are internally assessed through a number of assignments students must completing within a strict deadline.

Students are awarded Pass, Merit or Distinctions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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