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Applied Science - BTEC Level 3 at Stoke Damerel Community College

Course description

This course offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, practical skills that are used in the science sector and transferrable skills such as written and verbal communication. The qualification is assessed by a mixture of formal written exams, controlled assessment and portfolio based assessment.

Course content

1. Principles and applications of science. This covers a range of topic areas across biology, chemistry and physics in line with A level standards. You will study: 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. This unit is assessed by a written exam.

2. Practical scientific procedures and techniques. This unit consolidates the scientific principles studied in unit 1 while introducing you to standard laboratory equipment and techniques, including; titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chromatography, calibration procedures and laboratory safety. Through the practical tasks in the unit, you will develop proficiency in the quantitative analytical techniques of titration and colorimetry, including learning to calculate the concentration of solutions. You will use measurement of temperature to study cooling curves and be introduced to paper and thin-layer chromatography (TLC). You will also have the opportunity to calibrate equipment and will be encouraged to be aware of the safety aspects of given laboratory procedures and techniques. You will produce a portfolio of work during this unit which will be assessed.

3. Science investigation skills. This unit prepares you for planning, running and analysing results from scientific investigations. This is assessed by an externally marked controlled assessment.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 qualification you can progress directly to employment, apprenticeships or higher education in most related fields of science and technology. Commonly graduates will go on to work in health care, laboratory analysis or laboratory technician roles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Damerel Community College directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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