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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Landau Forte College

Course description

This is designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a vocational sector. It will give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment, or to progress onto higher education, degree and professional development programmes.

Course content

Eight units of study which include:
- Unit 1: Principles and applications of science I (external examination)
- Unit 2: Practical scientific procedures and techniques (portfolio)
- Unit 3: Scientific investigation skills (external task)
- Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Applications (portfolio)
- Unit 5: Principles and applications of Science II (external examination)
- Unit 6: Investigative Project (portfolio)
- Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems (portfolio)
- Unit 12: Infection and Disease

The optional units have been chosen to provide the students with a board curriculum, which exposes them to three science disciplines. Students will develop skills and knowledge which they were exposed to during GCSE science.


Entry requirements

GCSEs graded 9 to 5 in two Science subjects, OR BTEC First in Science Level 2 graded Distinction* to Merit, and a grade 9-5 in Maths.


Assessment is through portfolio work, external set assignment and external examination. External tasks are practical tasks set by Edexcel which you will need to complete and then complete an examination based on the practical. External examinations are completed during the summer examination season, the examination is 1.5 hours in duration. Portfolio assignments are marked internally and take a variety of forms including written reports, verbal presentations, practical investigations and practical write-ups. The qualification is equivalent to two A Levels. Students will be graded Pass, Merit; or Distinction for each unit, which will then be added together, using a points system, to give an overall grade for the whole qualification. Students will receive 2 grades for the qualification; Pass Pass; Merit Pass; Merit Merit; Distinction Merit; Distinction Distinction; Distinction* Distinction; or Distinction* Distinction*.

Future opportunities

This course has an equivalency of two A Levels and is accepted as a qualification into Higher Education.

A BTEC is a good preparation for a career in the science industry and is an excellent route to employment and training as well as Higher Education.

Students will need the ability to work on their own initiative and work to deadlines.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017

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