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Applied science - BTEC

What will I learn?

The BTEC Level 3 in applied science supports progression to higher education and is designed to develop skills required by employers to support entry to employment in the applied science sector.

You will study further applications of some of the content encountered in GCSE science, including cell structure, atomic structure and wave properties. You will also create a portfolio of work linked to practical work in science. You will be assessed using a variety of styles to help you develop a broad range of transferable skills. You will be given opportunities to:

  • Write up the findings of your own research.
  • Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations.
  • Carry out projects for which you have choice over the direction and outcomes.
  • Demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment, procedures and techniques.

What skills do I need?

The BTEC Certificate and Extended Certificate require students to keep a portfolio of their work to be internally assessed, as well as the ability to prepare for external assessments. Students need to be organised, meet deadlines and complete work to the best of their ability. This will include:

  • Reading around the subject
  • Researching given topics
  • Handing in assignments by a set deadline
  • Being able to manage your time.

Entry requirements as a general rule are:

  • A minimum of a grade B and C in science and additional science.
  • At least a grade C in mathematics.

How is the course graded?

Certificate   Extended Certificate  
Units covered Assessment Units covered Assessment
1. Principles and Applications of Science External exam – 1 hour 30 minutes, 90 marks. 50% of Certificate 1. Principles and Applications of Science External exam – 1 hour 30 minutes, 90 marks. 25% of Extended Certificate
2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques Internal assessment of portfolio, 50% of Certificate 2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques Internal assessment of portfolio, 25% of Extended Certificate
    3. Science Investigation Skills External assessment – 4 hours and 30 minutes over two sessions involving a practical assessment and written task. 33% of Extended Certificate.
    Optional Unit Internal assessment of portfolio, 17% of Extended Certificate.

What is next for me after this course?

A qualification in science is recognised as being extremely important by employers and universities. Possible careers include laboratory technician, science teacher, environmental scientist, school technician, dental technician, engineer, veterinary nurse, nurse or midwifery.