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Applied Science BTEC Foundation/Extended Diploma (90 Credits) Level 3 at New College Telford

Course description

If you're keen to study the basics of physics, chemistry, biology and maths, alongside working in a laboratory in a science based environment, then this course is for you. You need to have a strong interest in practical science, as practical work forms a significant part of the course workload. The qualification is designed to provide a balance across the three sciences and is an excellent qualification for students seeking to move on to higher education in a range of science related degree courses, or looking to pursue careers in areas such as hospital laboratory work and health related professions.

Course content

The course is based around developing an understanding of the fundamentals of science, the work of scientists and the science industries. The course builds on core science units to develop an understanding of applied sciences such as biochemistry techniques, microbiology, chemical and forensic analysis techniques. The first year you will study towards a foundation diploma (1.5 A levels) and there will be 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units covered. The 4 mandatory units are Principals and applications of science 1, which is assessed by an externally set and marked exam Practical scientific procedures and techniques which is assessed through internally set and marked assignments throughout the year. Science investigation skills which is assessed by a practical task which is externally set and marked. And, laboratory techniques and their application which is assessed through internally set and marked assignments throughout the year. And two optional units which will be decided on by the course tutor at the start of the year from the following list; Physiology of Human Body Systems, Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Electrical Circuits and their Application, Astronomy and space science, Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques, Industrial Chemical Reactions and Practical Chemical Analysis. The second year contains 3 further mandatory units; Principals and applications of science 2, which is assessed by an externally set and marked exam An investigative project which is set and marked internally And, Contemporary issues in science, which is assessed by a task that is externally set and marked. There will also be an additional 4 optional units which your tutor will select from a large selection of units which include materials science, forensic fire and crime investigation, medical physics and cryogenics. Unfortunately due to the large number of units available and differing specialisms of staff choice may not always be given and selection of the optional units will be done by the course teacher.

Entry requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at grades A* to C, which must include Grade C or above in both Maths and English, two GCSEs in Science/Applied Science, or a Level 2 Diploma/Extended Certificate/OCR National Award/Certificate at merit or distinction grade.

Future opportunities

Many students progress from these courses to work, or higher education, in a scientific discipline, including product development, product testing or quality control, hospital laboratory work, food science and scientific research. Potential future occupational areas then include: Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Science, Pathology, Clinical Sciences, Pharmacy, Waste Management, Zoology and many more. Students who succeed on the course could follow a degree course in science or take up employment in laboratory work, health care or many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Telford directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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    • Contact name:
    • Chris Wain
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01952 641892
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