Applied Science BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 at St Bernard's High School
This course will suit those students who wish to complement their other studies with a course that supports their general interest in the application of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to real life situations.
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
This unit covers some of the key science concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications.
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
This unit introduces you to standard laboratory equipment and techniques, including titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chromatography, calibration procedures and laboratory safety.
Science Investigation Skills
In this unit, you will develop the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigations. As well as drawing on Unit 1 and Unit 2, these skills will be delivered through subject themes ranging from enzymes and diffusion to electrical circuits. The subject themes provide different contexts for the development of the investigative skills.
Choice of Optional Unit
You would complete one optional unit. We plan to offer a choice of 3 optional units, one each from Biology, Chemistry and Physics drawn from the larger complete list given in the specification.
- GCSE Science or GCSE Additional Science at Grade B plus
- GCSE Science or GCSE Additional Science at Grade C plus
- GCSE Mathematics Point 5
- GCSE Mathematics Point 5 plus
- Grade B in any one of GCSE Biology, GCSE Physics, GCSE Chemistry plus
- Grade C in any two of GCSE Biology, GCSE Physics, GCSE Chemistry
Internally set and marked assignments in Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.
Task in Scientific Investigation Skills:
- This will be assessed through a written taskbook worth 60 marks.
- The task is set and marked externally and will
- be completed in one sitting, within a supervised assessment period of one week.
- The assessment task will assess your ability to plan, record, process, analyse and evaluate scientific findings, using primary and secondary information and data.
Written Examination in Principles and Applications of Science:
- The examination is worth 90 marks, and is set and marked externally.
- The exam will last one hour and 30 minutes.
- The paper is split into three sections, each worth 30 marks:
- Section A – Biology
- Section B – Chemistry
- Section C – Physics
Internally set and marked assignments for one optional unit.
This course will support a wide variety of career choices dependent on the other subjects studied.
Science investigative skills will help you in many scientific or enquiry-based learning courses in higher education, as well as prepare you for employment
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.