Awarding Body: BTEC
Qualifications on offer:
- Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science in year one
- Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in year two
- GCSE or Functional Maths or English (You will already have a grade 4 (C) in one of these before starting - see entry requirements above)
- An additional maths qualification to support your science studies (if you already have a C or grade 4 in maths GCSE)
Summary of course
This programme of study is a practical, work related course aimed at teaching you about the employment area you have chosen and developing the skills you will need to start your career or move into Higher Education.
You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demand.
The first year of the course allows you to achieve a Extended Certificate in Applied Science. On successful completion at Merit Level or above you may progress to the second year and complete a Diploma or Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Principles and Applications of Science I
- Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques
- Science Investigation Skills
- Laboratory Techniques & Their Applications
- Principles and Applications of Science II
- Investigative Project
- Contemporary Issues in Science
- Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Human Regulation and Reproduction
- Microbiological Techniques
- Electrical Circuits and their Application
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Practical Chemical Analysis
- Industrial Chemical Reactions
- Applications of Organic Chemistry
- Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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:
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed via assignments set within the college. There are two examinations during year one for the science units and exams in maths or English should you be re-sitting those.
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 C (4) 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 progressing to Higher Education to study a science-based degree or to employment in a related area such as:
- A materials testing laboratory in an industry such as construction, paper or plastics manufacture
- A school or college laboratory
- An environmental science laboratory
- Forensic science
Progression and Career Opportunities
If you would like to continue your studies, you could go to university and study biology, chemistry, forensic science or material science or join an apprenticeship programme. Alternatively, you could apply to work in:
- A research laboratory in pharmaceuticals
- A quality control laboratory in a hospital or manufacturing
Note: You cannot progress to be a Doctor, Vet or Dentist from this qualification but you can enter related degrees in Medical Science and Vetinary Science. Some subjects, such as Physics, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy require extra qualifications along side the BTEC.
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
|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 3 entry requirements, ideally including maths and/or English and must include at least one science subject)|
*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 9-4 (A*-C).
In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
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 will be trips/visits planned during the year. Details of these will be posted to you as part of your induction pack.