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- Scientific Skills (External Exam) All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
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.
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.
You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:
- The quality procedures relevant to the workplace
- How to recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions
- The foundations of health and safety including responsibility for health and safety under Health & Safety at Work Act (HASWA).
You will have the ability to:
Prepare for, and perform, laboratory experiments, tests or tasks
Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment
- Keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results.
What is required?
Ability to work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
- Time management and ability to complete work to agreed schedule.
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.
Progression and Career Opportunities
After successful completion of this course you can progress to a vocational qualification, such as a Level 2 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.
Entry Requirements for new students
Four GCSEs at Grade 2 [E] or above, or equivalent or completion of Foundation studies including FS English and Maths at Entry 2.
We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.