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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at St Edmund Campion Catholic School

Course description

The BTEC qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualification into the amazing world of Science.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science
- Equivalent in size to one A Level. Designed for those who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of Higher Education courses, not necessarily in the Applied Science sector.

Course content

Year 12.

Unit 1. Principles and Applications of Science I
- External Assessment: Written exam - Set and marked by Pearson
- Compulsory to pass this unit to pass the whole course.

Unit 2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Assessment: Assignment based - Set and marked internally
- BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science:
- 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%).
- External assessment (58%).

Year 13
- Science Investigation Skills Assessment: Task - Set and marked by Pearson
- OPTIONAL UNIT – Unit 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems. Assessment: Assignment - Set and marked internally.

Unit 1: Externally examined unit: This unit covers some of the key science concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 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: Internally assessed assignments. You will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.

Unit 3: Externally assessed assignments. You will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.

Unit 8: Internally assessed assignments. You will focus on the physiological makeup of three human body systems (musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive), how the systems function and what occurs during dysfunction.

- the ability to learn independently
- the ability to research actively and methodically
-to be able to give presentations and be active group members.

The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by Higher Education providers and employers. For example, when studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, you will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills learners need to progress to Higher Education, employment, self-employment or training.

Entry requirements

4 in English Language GCSE
C in Science GCSE

Future opportunities

Scientists work in Industry, the Health Service, Government establishments and educational institutions. Fields of work include research and development and scientific analysis, and there are job opportunities in almost every industry, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals. Applied Science offers the opportunity to specialise in areas ranging from forensics to medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmund Campion Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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