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Applied Science (Medical Science) at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

BTEC Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma

Course content

An applied science course involves studying a wide variety of science topics including biology, chemistry, and physics as well as mathematics and topics related to medical science. It is a vocational course with a lot of emphasis on practical skills. Students will have the opportunity to develop core scientific understanding by studying different units including fundamentals of science, scientific practical techniques, working in the science industry, scientific investigations and using mathematical tools in science. Students are provided with an extensive opportunity to study in more depth a range of optional units which include:

• Informatics in science.

• Biochemistry and biochemical techniques.

• Industrial chemical reactions.

• Electrical circuits and their applications.

• Physiological investigations.

• Science for environmental technicians.

Entry requirements

GCSE science (core and additional) grade CC.

BTEC First in Principles of Science Merit or Distinction.

BTEC First in Applications of Science Merit or Distinction.

GCSE mathematics and English grade C.


Assessment is based on submission of written assignments throughout the course and observed practical skills. The tasks are marked internally and verified. Grades are awarded for each 60 credits at level 3
PASS = 40 UCAS points (A level grade E)
MERIT = 80 UCAS points (A level grade C)
DISTINCTION = 120 UCAS points (A level grade A)

Future opportunities

This course will prepare students for progression into scientific careers, such as working as a medical science technician, laboratory assistant, analytical chemist. It also provides progression to higher vocational qualifications such as apprenticeships, Higher National Diploma or graduate courses such as a degree in applied science, materials science or medical science, radiography, biological science, chemistry, biology and pharmacy.

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What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

An ability to record and analyse data. To be able to evaluate and discuss scientific issues. To be able to write a coherent report of practical work. Good manipulative skills. An awareness of laboratory safety. Sound mathematical skills.

What other subjects compliment an Extended Certificate in Applied Science?

Applied Science is a subject which works well in combination with a wide range of subjects. Students opting for the Extended Certificate can choose up to three other subjects, however the Extended Diploma is a full course in itself.

How will I be taught?

Whilst studying Applied Science a variety of teaching strategies will be used, these include practical work, the use of animations and videos to demonstrate key ideas and the use of key websites. Knowledge and understanding of concepts is continually assessed using quick fire questions, quizzes, games as well as mini assessments. Students will be presented with novel situations and current research data which they will have to analyse and interpret. They can expect plenty of discussion and debate around current research and scientific method. Students will have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills as they will have to explore an area of science that excites them and present this back to their peers. Students will be fully supported by staff both during lessons and outside of lessons during tutorial sessions.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Master classes. University visits.

Student Testimonial, why study Applied Science?

The reason as to why I enjoy applied science is because of the many skills I have developed and enhanced throughout this course. Some of these skills are related to the subject area such as analysing and interpreting data. However, other skills that are gained throughout this course are being able to reference work, manage multiple assignments at once and work to a deadline. These skills will be useful regardless of what type of course I decide to do in the future. Amena Akram

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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