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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form

Course description

The world needs Scientists, not just Doctors or Rocket Scientists but people with technical ability and practical skills. Applied Science is not about your ability to score high marks on an exam paper on one day at the end of the year. It is about your practical skills every day; your understanding of key principals; your ability to interpret data and results; your research skills; and your ability to produce high quality work using a range of resources. The skills that you will develop and the Biology that you will learn will set you up to work in a variety of roles within the science industry and many other fields.

Course content

Unit One

Fundamentals of Science.

Topics include cells, microscope work, energy, chemical elements, titrations and scientific communication.


Unit Two

Physiology of Human Body Systems.

Topics include cardiovascular system, immune system, mechanisms of breathing and the digestive system.


Unit Three

Genetics and Genetic Engineering.

Topics include DNA, protein synthesis, cell division, genetic modification of organisms and DNA fingerprinting.


Unit Four

Scientific Practical Techniques.

Techniques include titrations, testing unknown samples, use of testing equipment, report writing and risk assessment.

Entry requirements

2 Grade Cs in Science and C in Maths and/or English.


All of this will be assessed through a series of coursework tasks throughout the 2-year course.

Equivalent to a single Advanced level, Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma requires students to complete 6 coursework units.

Future opportunities

In today’s work place, those with knowledge and skills in Applied Science have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers in the Science industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Whitham Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016

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