Applied Science


Applied Science Information Guide

Course Introduction

This is a brand new two year course equivalent to one A Level

Year 1: BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to 0.5 A Levels)

There are 2 mandatory units:

– Unit 1: Principles and Application of Science I (written exam, externally marked)

– Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (assignment, internally marked)

Year 2: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1.0 A Level)

There are three mandatory units and one optional unit:

– Unit 1: Principles and Application of Science I (written exam, externally marked)

– Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (assignment, internally marked)

– Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills (task, externally assessed)

– Optional Unit: (assignment, internally marked)

Optional units may be taken from a range of units such as: Physiology of Human Body Systems; Biological Molecules and Metabolic

Pathways; Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Practical Chemical Analysis

 

Assessment

There are a mixture of types of assessment in the courses.

Unit 1 will be assessed by written examinations in May.

Building on your GCSE knowledge, this will assess your knowledge and understanding of some of the fundamental principles of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics of the course.

Unit 2, and the optional units will be assessed by Assignments that are set and marked by staff at the college.

Unit 3 consists of a practical Task set by the exam board. This will assess your ability to plan, record, process, analyse and evaluate scientific findings, using primary and secondary information/data. You will make use of results from a practical investigation that you carry out before the assessment. This will be completed in May/June.

 

Teaching styles

A very wide range of teaching styles are used on the course. There is a big emphasis on practical work. As you will need to see the work of scientists and technicians, a number of visits to medical and industrial labs are planned. The course will give you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills so that you can present your work.

 

Resources and facilities

At the beginning of 2011 all the science labs were completely refurbished. As well as a full range of science equipment the new labs incorporate ICT facilities including computers, IPads and interactive whiteboards.

 

Subject combinations

The course would combine well with other vocationally related courses or with other academic courses.

 

Progression

This course is excellent preparation for moving on to University and students with this qualification apply for a range of scientific courses including biomedical science, forensic science, physiology, marine biology nursing or paramedics.

This would not be the course of choice for some of the more competitive courses (Medicine, Pharmacy and some of the top science courses).

The course will also equip students for employment in a variety of scientific settings such as the chemical industry and the NHS.