Course Full Title: BTEC National Extended Certificate/Diploma in Applied Science
Exam Board: Edexcel
Why study BTEC Applied science?
The qualification will give you the knowledge, understanding and competency needed if you are considering entering employment in the science sector. You will gain grounding in the essential skills and broad fundamentals crucial to this area of study, giving you the opportunity to build on these afterwards, or to enter into your first job within this sector.
What will I study over the two years?
You will learn about: the fundamentals of science and working in the industry; scientific investigations; practical techniques; perceptions of science; and using mathematical tools in science. You may also study: biochemistry and biochemical techniques; microbiological techniques; human physiology; human regulation and reproduction; clinical psychology; diseases and infections; genetics and genetic engineering; and medical physics techniques.
The BTEC National Extended Certificate is equivalent in size to one A Level and the Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels. Both courses provide a foundation for students intending to study further towards a degree.
Everyone taking the Extended Certificate will study four units, three of which are mandatory and one of which is optional. One unit is assessed by an external exam, one by an externally set and externally assessed task and two internally set and assessed assignments. Everyone taking the Diploma will study eight units, six of which are mandatory and two of which are optional. Two units are assessed via external examinations, one via an externally set and assessed task and five through internally set and assessed assignments.
What makes a good BTEC Applied science student?
The most effective BTEC Applied science students are those that are interested in all three sciences and like to question the world around them, they enjoy practical work and can work methodically and in an organised manner. Assessment in BTEC Applied science is via both internally marked assessments and external exams, therefore the ability to work independently (with support) and meet deadlines is essential.
Where could BTEC Applied science take me?
BTECs are recognised by Universities, the skills that BTEC students demonstrate through sitting both exams and completing assignments are similar to those needed by University students. This course can lead to a science-related job or a degree course in biomedical sciences, microbiology, pharmacy work, medical sales, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietetics, dental studies, optometry, paramedics, radiology, research, clinical biochemistry and audiology.
What are the entrance requirements?
- 2 x Grade 4 or above in Science
- 5 or more grades 4-9; including equivalents across at least 4 subjects
- Maths and English Language Grade 4 or above
- Average GCSE GRADE of at least 3.5 (average of ALL GCSE full courses taken)