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Science (Applied) BTEC National Level 3 at The Kingsway Academy

Course description

The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science are qualifications that reflect aspects of employment within science organisations or organisations that use science and enable learners to develop practical scientific skills. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. These qualifications will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations. There are no external examinations and all your work is assessed by your teacher. Learning is through the study of the fundamentals of science, study of real life laboratories and scientific investigations. Students will have the opportunity to engage in different aspects of science in the working world. Skills developed include Independent enquirers, Creative thinkers, Reflective learners, Team workers, Self-managers, Effective participators .

Course content

Topics covered during course: Units within the qualification cover areas of laboratory science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science. Examples of topics cover are: Fundamentals of Science, Working in the Science Industry, Scientific Practical Techniques, Using Science in the Workplace, Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Scientific Investigation, Criminal Psychology, Using Mathematical Tools for Science, Using Statistics in Science, Perceptions in Science, Medical Physics Techniques, Chemical Laboratory Techniques

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A-C including English and Maths. GCSE Science at grade B or above or BTEC LII Applied Science at Merit or above.

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Future opportunities

Further/Higher Education pathways: On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same or related vocational area. Linked Careers: Students can progress to roles such as: Working as a quality control technician/analyst, where the employee works in a production plant laboratory carrying out analytical tests using modern instrumentation, ICT and data interpretation. Working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of X-ray and other imaging scanning equipment. Working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs. Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products. Working in the chemical industry, involved with testing materials. Working with the forensic science service or using their analytical skills in the chemistry industry. Working in chemical companies developing fertilisers and other plant feeds. Working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as ap­plications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments. Working in a biotechnology laboratory carrying out fermentation and purification processes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kingsway Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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