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Science Applied (Single Option) BTEC Level 3 at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning. This course is ideally suited to students who want to continue to study science at a higher level, but who don’t want to take traditional science A levels. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the applied science sector. The course will allow students to extend their knowledge of science and how it is used in real life organisations. This course covers all three sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but in an "applied" context. That means you will not only learn the science but how it is used in today’s world. You will be taught by specialist teachers who are all experienced at teaching the BTEC qualification. Each unit is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. The marks for all the units are added together to get an overall grade

Course content

You will study 4 units over the 2 years of this course.

Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science I: 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.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: In this unit, you will develop the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigations.

As well as drawing on Units 1 and 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. Science investigative skills will help you in many scientific or enquiry-based learning courses in higher education, as well as prepare you for employment in a science-related industry.

There is an additional optional unit to be studied.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements of 5 A*- C Gade at GCSE


Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science

 Written exam 1½ hours

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques:

Internally marked Assignments.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions over a three-week period timetabled by Pearson.

Part A: investigation to gather data, taken during first two weeks.

Part B: written task partly based on data from Part A, taken during third week. The supervised assessment sessions are a maximum of 3 hours for Part A and 1 ½ hours for Part B. Written submission.

Optional Unit: Internally marked Assignments.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science is an excellent qualification to gain if learners wish to work within the science industry. It can help prepare learners for the world of work, or lead learners on to courses such as nursing, veterinary technicians or most degree courses.

Further information

The staff at Deanery Sixth Form is probably the best selling point. We are a close team who are experienced and enthusiastic, and are 100% committed to learners’ success. Learners will be guided through their course with the correct amount of respect and nurturing to allow learners to achieve their target.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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