At the end of this course students are awards a BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science. This qualification is equivalent to three A-Levels.
- Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (in addition to 4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above).
Assessment consists of two externally assessed exam units and five internally assessed units. Externally Assessed Units: - Units 5: Principles and Applications of Science II - Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science Internally Assessed Units: - Unit 6: Investigative Project - Unit 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction - Unit 16: Astronomy and Space Science - Unit 21: Medical Physics Applications - Unit 22: Materials Science
Aims of the course
This is a full-time course for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in the applied science sector before entering employment.
The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example the study of applied science particularly encourages development of skills such as evaluation analysis and synthesis. These skills are developed through the variety of approaches to teaching and learning enabled by the specification. In particular Unit 6: Investigative Project and Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Science allow learners to demonstrate their ability to plan research address problems assimilate data and draw together and communicate their findings.
The majority of lessons will take place in a laboratory. In addition students will use ICT labs to develop research skills and proficiency in relevant computer software. Students will also be expected to participate in day trips in relation to particular subjects.
There are a range of career options available. The majority of students pursue careers in pharmaceutical science forensic science biomedical science paramedical science biotechnology etc.