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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Bishop Stopford's School

Course description

BTEC qualifications have been developed to provide specialist work related qualifications in a range of areas. The course offered is practical and will give you the opportunity to complete assignments and activities based on realistic situations linked to working in a variety of science related environments. It will give you a good feel for what it will be like to be at work as well as developing your communication, numeracy, IT, time management and teamwork skills. There are two externally marked examinations and one externally marked investigative project that count towards the final grade. However, the majority of the course is assignment based with internal assessment by your teachers. 

Course content

You will be studying for BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science at Level 3. This involves completing the six compulsory Units and two optional units selected by the centre.

The compulsory units are shown below:-

     • Unit 1: Principles and Application of Science I

     • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

     • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

     • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their application

     • Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II

     • Unit 6: Investigative Project.

Entry requirements

C in Core and Additional Science at GCSE


Courses recognised by BTEC give you credit for what you do as you learn and the methods of assessments vary depending on the type of course you are on.

You will be required to sit two externally set and marked exams and undertake one externally marked investigation. You will study five internally assessed units in which it is essential to keep a portfolio of evidence of all of your achievements. This includes the coursework you produce, such as items, photographs, video footage, assignments, computer print-outs, questionnaires, check lists or projects etc. It shows you and your tutor what you have learnt and will be looked at during marking and moderation.

Future opportunities

What can I do after this course?

At the end of Key Stage 5, you could move onto further education or you could, alternatively, go into employment in roles such as quality control technician/ analysis; working in a hospital as a medical physics technician; working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs; working for a science magazine or journal etc

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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