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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Matravers School

Course description

Are you a learner who prefers portfolio-based assessments? Do you enjoy carrying out a variety of scientific investigations? Do you have a clear idea of the area of employment you wish to enter into? Then this is the course for you. The BTEC Level 3 Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. The course is designed to provide a highly specialist, work-related qualification in vocational sectors. The units covered reflect aspects of employment within science organisations including working in the science industry, scientific practical techniques and medical physics techniques.

Course content

Unit 1 This unit allows you to develop the practical techniques necessary to pursue a career as a laboratory technician. You will investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and function of cells, the calorific values of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information.

Unit 2 This Unit will allow you to gain knowledge and skills that an employee in the Science industry needs to be an effective, efficient and safe member of a team. You will know communication practices, how laboratories are designed, how information is stored in Laboratory Information Management (LIMS) and how to work safely in the workplace.

Unit 4 This unit will enable you to use a range of practical techniques used in Science such as the analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors. The variety of techniques in this unit can be focused on certain areas of study such as Forensic Science, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Electronics.

Unit 5 This unit allows you to develop your knowledge of how Science is perceived. You will consider how people, society and the media interact with Science. You will also consider how scientific ideas develop and the ethical/moral issues associated with some scientific advances.

Unit 11 The aim of this unit is to allow you to investigate some of the organ systems of the human body and how they work together. You will have opportunities to use appropriate tests to investigate the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic systems and the organisation of cells and tissues.

Unit 20 The aim of this unit is to allow you to develop, through a practical vocational skills approach, an understanding of the important fundamental physics concepts behind medical physics techniques such as X-rays, ultrasounds, diagnostic imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and radiotherapy. You will also develop an understanding of the importance of radiation safety.

Future opportunities

If you would like to persue a career which utilises Science practical techniques then this is the course for you. The vocational units link directly into careers including laboratory technician, working with medical physics techniques including X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and radiotherapy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years