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Science (Applied) BTEC at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

This course is for students who enjoy science and want to further their understanding at post GCSE level. The course will involve aspects of all the three sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This will allow students to gain a good grasp of all the sciences and to understand how these subjects interconnect. As a Science student you will need to have good teamwork skills to allow you to work in groups on problems and tasks but also to be able to work independently on your own portfolio of work. The course does involve practical elements and all students taking part must feel confident and work safely with hazardous materials.

Course content

What will I study?

The Science course is a BTEC which means all the work you complete in lessons will be added to an overall portfolio which form your final grade. The course has different units that will investigate different aspects of Science from the fundamentals to its applications in industry.

Unit 1 - Fundamentals in Science.

You will gain skills that allow you to accurately measure quantities for chemical reactions and also use equipment to identify structures and functions of different types of cells.

Unit 2 - Working in the Science Industry.

During this unit you will look at the application of Science in an industrial setting. You will investigate working practices and the use of equipment within a scientific laboratory while always considering the safety implications to those who are working in a scientific setting.

Unit 3 - Science Investigations.

This unit builds on GCSE experiences of planning and undertaking an investigation into an area of Science. During this unit you will collect, collate and analyse the results from your investigation and draw conclusions from what you have found.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language, Double Science at CC or a BTEC Applied Science Merit grade and a C in Maths


Assessment is through a portfolio of work produced by students over the course of the year. There are no examinations.

Future opportunities

This qualification could lead to employment within the Scientific and Engineering sector working as technical staff or providing a stepping stone to an Advanced/Higher (Level 4) Apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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