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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Applied Science?
Applied Science is designed for you if you have a keen interest in the workings of the human body, crime scene investigation or physical science. It is particularly useful for students wishing to take mostly Arts subjects, but who wish to retain a science element to their studies.

What will I study?
In the first year you will focus on all three sciences – biology, chemistry and physics - and their applications through units which look at the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry and scientific practical and analytical techniques. In the second year you will specialise in units for one of Forensic Science, Medical Science or Physical Science.

Specialist routes in Year Two:
Forensic Science: You will learn how forensic evidence is collected and analysed in order to gain an insight into criminal psychology and the investigation of crime scenes.

Medical Science: You will learn about a wide variety of medical science issues related to the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic systems, the organisation of cells and tissues, the regulation of body fluids and how the nervous system functions. Some university medical, dental and pharmacy schools will accept this qualification if studied alongside A Level Chemistry and A Level Biology.

Physical Science: You will learn about a wide variety of issues related to applied physics such as using mathematical tools and calculations to solve problems, energy changes and electrical circuits. Depending upon your area of interest there may also be an opportunity for you to cover units in medical physics techniques or astronomy.

What can I study it with?
This course combines very well with a number of others offered in the Sixth Form including Sport, Psychology, Health & Social Care and Engineering.

Career opportunities
It will help you to prepare for a wide range of university courses and careers such as sports teaching, coaching and performance analysis; nursing, midwifery and allied medical roles such as paramedic, operating theatre practitioner, diagnostic radiographer and dental technologist; policing and criminal investigation work; food technologist; zoologist; engineering and architectural designer.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in English Language, Grade C in Mathematics, and Grade Cs in Core Science & Additional Science or at least Merit in Level 2 BTEC Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September