Science BTEC Applied

Board: Pearson
Specification:BTEC Level 3 National Diploma 601/7435/3

About the subject

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is for students seeking an A-level standard science qualification who wish to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education or apprenticeships and ultimately employment in the applied science sector. Over 95% of universities (including Russell Group) and a wide range of employers highly value BTEC qualifications. The Diploma in Applied Science leads to many degree level science courses* including: Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical professions, Food Science, Communication Industry, Satellite Communications and Materials Science. *when combined with an appropriate A-level subject.

Students will study across all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics covering topics including: fundamental chemical and physical principals, structure and function of cells, disease and infection, astronomy and space science, electromagnetic waves and satellite communication amongst many other fascinating areas of cutting edge science.

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science is designed to be the substantive part of a 16-19 study programme. The programme comprises of two years of study and is equivalent to 2-A levels Typically students would follow one other A-level subject to compliment this course.

Learning styles

The course is delivered via a range of practical and theory based sessions with an emphasis on the application of scientific principles across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students produce written reports, presentations, laboratory logs, case studies and research projects. Students are assessed: 54% by internal assessment of laboratory work, written work and presentations; and 46% by externally set and assessed written exams.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Students would be expected to choose one other level 3 course (BTEC L3 or A-level). This may include another science subject from the following A-levels: Psychology, Geology, Environmental Science and Electronics, or, any other level 3 course that is equivalent to one full A-level. Students can progress directly into work, apprenticeships or a wide range of science based degree level courses including: Biomedical Science, Sports Therapy, Pharmaceutical Science, Paramedic Science, Radiography, Biological Life Sciences, Nursing, Veterinary Nursing and Applied Chemistry.

The BTEC is comprised of eight units studied over 2 years.

Note students only obtain a qualification after 2 years, there is no partial award after the 1st year.

Subject Modules and Assessment

Year 1:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I:

A theory based unit covering key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
90 hours of study. (90 marks from: Biology = 30 marks; Chemistry = 30 marks; Physics = 30 marks).
Externally assessed: 3 x 40 minute exams sat in January of the first year.

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques:

A practical based unit introducing students to quantitative laboratory techniques (in titration and colorimetry), calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety.
90 hours of study.
Internally assessed via laboratory work and practical write-ups assessed throughout the first year.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

A practical based unit covering the stages involved and skills needed in planning a scientific investigation.
120 hours of study (60 marks)
Externally assessed: supervised assessment and set task completed within a nine day period, over two sessions: 1 x 3 hours + 1 x 1.5 hours sat in May/June of first year.

Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application

A practical and theory based unit that covers the importance of health and safety in work place laboratories, how data is stored and communicated and how organic compounds are made and tested industrially.
90 hours of study.
Internally assessed via written reports and laboratory work.

Year 2:

Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II

A theory based unit that builds on the fundamentals covered in Unit 1.
120 hours of study (120 marks).
Externally assessed: written 2.5 hour exam sat in June of second year.

Unit 6: Investigative Project

A practical based unit that enables students to gain an understanding and skills required to undertake an investigative project.
90 hours of study.
Internally assessed: students complete a scientific literature search and review to produce a plan before carrying out an investigative project.

Unit 7: Astronomy and Space Science

A theory and practical based units covering the principles and present-day understanding of developments in astronomy.
60 hours of study.
Internally assessed via a series of written reports, presentations and practicals including: mapping of the night sky and the technology of telescopes and satellites.

Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

A theory and practical based unit covering 3 human body systems.
60 hours of study
Internally assessed via a series of written case study research reports

Entry requirements

3 x grade 4’s from three Single Award GCSE Sciences, or 2 x grade 4 from Double award GCSE Science + grade 4 in Maths. Grade 5’s in GCSE Sciences and Maths are preferred.