Science

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 1/2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
  • English and/or maths at an appropriate level
  • GCSE or Functional Mathematics and/or English

Summary of course

A BTEC qualification is a practical, work-related course aimed at introducing you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

You will study a variety of specialist units from all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, along with maths and English (unless you already have a Grade 4 (C) at GCSE). You may also have the opportunity to study an additional maths qualification aimed at supporting your study of science. Along with these qualifications you may take part in work experience and/or employability sessions.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Chemistry and our Earth
  • Energy and our Universe
  • Biology and our Environment

Specialist Units:

  • The Living Body
  • Principles of Science (External Exam)
  • Biology and our Environment
  • Applications of Chemical Substances
  • Applications of Physical Science
  • Applications of Life Science
  • Scientific Skills (External Exam)

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The course assessment is mainly based on coursework and assignments which may be graded in a variety of different ways, and can involve students working in teams. There are also two units which are assessed by exams.

English and maths assessment is by final exams.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in Applied Science and wish to eventually enter employment as a Science Technician by studying a further vocational qualification at a higher level.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you can progress to a vocational qualification, such as a BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science, Beauty Therapy or a related Apprenticeship programme or straight into employment.

With further training or study, students go into careers such as:

  • Forensic Science
  • Food Technology
  • Analytical Science
  • Quality Control
  • Environmental Science
  • Working in a Hospital
  • Working for a Scientific Magazine or Journal

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs – mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements including GCSE Science; preferrably 2 science subjects

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be opportunities to take part in visits/trips to a science museum. The cost will be approximately £10 and is payable at enrolment.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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