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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 National Certificate & Subsidiary Diploma at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

The BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science acquaints learners with the specific vocational skills, understanding and knowledge required to enter employment within the science industry or organisations that use Science.

The course is designed to enable you to study other subjects alongside your BTEC National Certificate. The structure of the course gives you a broad foundation as well as allowing you to focus on your interests, and choose new areas to explore, such as environmental science, forensic science applications or anatomy and physiology.

The achievement of the BTEC Level 3 National has the equivalence of one AS Level A-E. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

Course content

The Units are a mixture of Assignments, exams and set tasks.

The Certificate course consists of two mandatory Units gained in 180 guided learning hours.

These Units are:

  • Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science I Written exam - Set and marked externally
  • Unit 2 Scientific Practical and Techniques Assignment - Set and marked internally

For the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma there will be two extra units to bring the guided learning hours to 360 hours. These Units will be:

  • Unit 3 Science Investigation skills Task - Set and marked by Pearson covering 120 GLH

One additional Optional Unit of 60 GLH to be decided by the school, for example:

  • Unit 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems or
  • Unit 15 Electrical Circuits and their Application or
  • Unit 16 Astronomy and Space Science

Extending to a 90 credit Diploma during Year 2 broadens the choice to include:

  • Unit 17 Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques or
  • Unit 19 Practical Chemical Analysis

All these later Units are Assignments which are set and marked internally. 

Entry requirements

You should have the interest and potential to succeed in achieving the qualification and ideally be able to show you have a standard of literacy, numeracy and general education equivalent to four GCSEs graded A-C, including 2 A-C in science. 

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There will be day trips to science laboratories and work places.

Future opportunities

If you achieve an overall pass grade or better in the BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science, it is possible for you to progress further by enrolling on another Level 3 programme, such as Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science, equivalent to one A Level.

Level 3 BTEC qualifications will qualify students for a wide range of courses and universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2016
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