BTEC Applied Science

The new BTEC Applied Science course covers a wide range of topics. There are three compulsory units and one optional unit. Unit 1 is externally assessed by a written examination and covers the Principles and Applications of Science. Students will look at key scientific concepts and the written exam is in three parts covering biology, chemistry and physics. Unit 2 covers Practical Scientific procedures and techniques and is internally assessed. Students study and are assessed on key practical scientific skills including the use of standard laboratory equipment.

Course outline
Unit 3 covers Scientific Investigation skills and is assessed externally but is not a written exam but a task set by the exam board which is completed in school under controlled conditions. The fourth optional unit is internally assessed and will be selected by the department to reflect student interest and staff expertise. Optional units are available in Human Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Energy. The full details of the optional units have yet to be released by the exam board at present and full details will be given to students once these have been released.

Resources
BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science is taught within the Science department to allow access to the practical equipment; microscopes, dissection equipment, colorimeter, titration and centrifuges. The students will require frequent access to ICT facilities for the research activities and the completion of assessments.
Some of the course is teacher-led, for example the practical tasks, but some
of the tasks are independent research activities. Each student will be given a course overview and assessment criteria for each assignment. Resources will be available on the VLE to supplement the course.

Where will it lead to?
The BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course is very useful for students who are pursuing a college course in a science-based topic, an apprenticeship or employment.