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BTEC Science at North Oxfordshire Academy

Course description

The BTEC National in Applied Science provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding of science practice and offers opportunity for specialist study in applied Environmental or Medical Science. This course is aimed at students who have successfully completed the BTEC Level 2 Certificate or Diploma with at least a PASS. Students who have achieved a Grade C or above at GCSE level Science will also be eligible. The six-unit Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science offers a specialist qualification that focuses on technical aspects of the science sector. This is also a qualification that can extend a learner’s programme of study as it compliments other subjects leading to well rounded Level 3 qualifications. The course is 100% course-work based.

Course content

The BTEC National in Applied Science is great for practically minded students who want to develop skills as well as academic study. This course will reward your imagination, enthusiasm and application. There are two Core Units in Applied Science: Fundamentals of Science and Scientific Practical Techniques. Additionally there are 4 additional units depending on the route. Examples include:

  •  Environmental Science: Genetics and Genetic Engineering; Science for Environmental Technicians; Working in the Science Industry.
  •  Medical Science: Using Science in the Workplace, Microbiological Techniques, Physiology of Human Body systems, Perceptions of Science.
  •  Forensic Science – medical Physics Techniques, Criminology, Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Mathematics for Science Technicians.

Entry requirements

To do this course, you will need 5 A*-C at GCSE including English, Maths and Science.

Future opportunities

In today’s highly competitive job market a BTEC National in Applied Science can equip students with a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities that provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science. These can include roles such as: quality control technician /analyst; in a hospital; in a research laboratory; working with the forensic science service; using analytical skills in the chemistry industry or working for Scientific magazines or journals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Oxfordshire Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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