Applied Science - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
Solid, liquid and gas - they all matter. There are hundreds of diverse job roles available in the UK's science industry, making science an exciting career choice.
On this applied science course, you will explore a wide range of topics from human biology, physiology and anatomy to criminal psychology, chemical laboratory techniques and biochemistry.
You will gain valuable experience conducting experiments using specialist equipment in our industry standard labs. You will also have the opportunity to visit employers within the industry and may also be able to complete a work placement, to help you develop a greater understanding of the demands of the science industry.
- 5 GCSE at grade 4 or above including English, maths and science.
What will I achieve?
This is a two-year programme. You will achieve a qualification after successful completion of each year.
In year one you will receive a Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Applied Science.
In year two you will have the option to choose a pathway between Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. On successful completion will receive either:
- Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science
- Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology
What will I learn?
- Principles and applications of science
- Practical scientific procedures and techniques
- Science investigation skills
- Laboratory techniques and their application
- Physiology of human body system
- Biological molecules and metabolic pathways
You will have a chance to specialise in your favoured route in your second year, with a choice between Biology, Chemistry and Psychology.
How is the course taught?
- Practical sessions
- Group work
- Project work
- Field trips and visits
- Work placements
How am I assessed?
- Practical assessment
- Course work
- Written laboratory books
Work experience opportunities
You will be supported to source a work placement so that you can gain real experience alongside your qualification.
Built into your timetable will be time to help prepare you for employment in the science industry. You will be supported to write a CV, take part in mock interviews and explore behaviours at work.
As part of your course you will also take part in charity fundraising and competitions.
English and Maths
Science relies heavily on maths and English and both subjects will be embedded into your programme over the course, through the use of biological measurements, scales, report writing and communication skills.
Where can I progress?
On successful completion of this course you can progress to a science related degree.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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