Sixth Form: BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science
Updated: Thu 10 Nov 2016
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: AT LEAST 5 A*-C GRADES OR GRADES 4-9 INCLUDING 2 GCSE SCIENCES (i.e. 2 OF THE 3 SEPARATE SCIENCES OR DOUBLE SCIENCE); MATHS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Subject Leader: Mr Neesam
Examination Board: Edexcel
What is BTEC Applied Science?
Applied Science provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector and is broadly equivalent to two A-Levels at grade A* to E. It offers flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the specialist units ranging from forensics to medicine.
The standard of the course is similar to studying A-Levels in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Maths.
What makes a good Applied Scientist?
Students will need to have good organisational skills and strong self-motivation. They will be able to work to deadlines and will be willing to review work and amend assignments as necessary. As assessment is continuous, students must have excellent attendance.
What can I expect to learn in BTEC Applied Science?
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science consists of 6 core units and 2 further specialised units. Of these units, 2 are external examinations that require students to recall and apply knowledge and 1 unit is an external practical assessment, testing the students’ practical abilities and analysis skills.
Areas of Study:
Students will study the following core units:
- Principles and applications of science I
- Practical scientific procedures and techniques
- Science investigation skills
- Laboratory techniques and their application
- Principles and applications of science II
- Investigative project
Students will also study a further two units which can be tailored to the interests of the students.
Assessment of these units is continual and follows the grading criteria of pass, merit and distinction.
Where could BTEC Applied Science take me?
The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science have been developed in the areas of laboratory and industrial science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science. It also provides a progression route to advance to a university degree in an appropriate discipline and/or a Level 4 NVQ qualification.