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Science BTEC Level 3 at Aston University Engineering Academy

Course description


The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science are a suite of qualifications that reflect aspects of employment within science organisations or organisations that use science and enable learners to develop practical scientific skills. These qualifications will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations.


The course will offer those students wanting to study Level 3 Science who either have not achieved the necessary grades for the traditional AS/A2 route, or prefer a portfolio based learning journey, a qualification at the appropriate level in order for them to continue with their studies in scientific fields.


This is a vocational course that will allow you to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a number of routes in science related industries or careers.

Course content

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science

On completion of this unit a learner should:

- Be able to use the necessary skills to measure quantities for chemical reactions

- Be able to use the correct equipment to identify structures and functions in different types of cells

- Be able to investigate different types of energy and their transfers

- Be able to communicate scientific information


Unit 2: Working in the Science Industry

On completion of this unit a learner should:

•Know how procedures are followed and communicated in the scientific workplace

•Be able to design a scientific laboratory

•Know about laboratory information management systems

•Be able to demonstrate safe working practices in the scientific workplace

Unit 3: Scientific investigationsOn completion of this unit a learner should:

•Be able to plan an investigation relevant to the area of study

•Be able to undertake the planned investigation, using appropriate scientific principles

Be able to collect, collate and analyse the results from the investigation

•Be able to draw conclusions


Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques

On completion of this unit a learner should:

•Be able to use analytical techniques

•Be able to use scientific techniques to separate and assess purity of substances

•Be able to use instruments/sensors for scientific investigations.


Unit 5: Perceptions of Science

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Know how scientific ideas develop

2 Understand the public perception of science, as influenced by the media

3 Be able to investigate the ethical and moral issues associated with scientific advances

4 Know the relationship between science, commerce and politics.


Unit 6: Using mathematical tools in science

On completion of this unit a learner should:

•Be able to use mathematical tools in science

•Be able to collect and record scientific data

•Be able to display and interpret scientific data.


Unit 8: Using statistics in science

On completion of this unit a learner should:

•Be able to use statistical techniques to investigate scientific problems

•Be able to perform statistical tests to investigate scientific problems.



Entry requirements

A keen interest in Engineering, Maths and Science. It is recommended that you arrange a surgery meeting with Academy to discuss whether this is the best option for you. See website or ring 0121 204 4282 for details.


BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science– 120 credits, equivalent to two A Levels.

Mandatory units – 1 to 6 followed by 7 additional units.

Each unit has a different method of assessment, ranging from lab reports, practical experiments, written and verbal presentations.

Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction * are awarded based on the amount of criteria met in each unit.

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Future opportunities


Forensic science, Researcher, Youth Worker/Leader, teaching, scientific apprenticeships, leisure industry, fitness, personal trainer, Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service, laboratory technician.

Further information


If you require further information on any aspect of the course you should contact the following: Miss Baryana.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aston University Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Exam Board - Edexcel


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    • We are the first major university sponsored University Technical College in the country, combining the very best education for academic and technical skills, in our state of the art building in the heart of the city of Birmingham, next to the Aston University campus.

      At Aston University Engineering Academy, we have a unique focus on engineering and science that we enhance through our strong links with local and national industrial partners. Working in partnership enables us to deliver an exciting and relevant engineering and science focused curriculum. It also enables work-based experience for all our students as well as a pool of mentors and role models to support and enhance the academic curriculum.

       "Engineering and science excellence for 14-19 year olds in Birmingham."