This course is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education or to employment in the applied science sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels, and can be taken alongside a further Level 3 qualification (excluding A Level Sciences).
Everyone taking this qualification will study six mandatory units that involve elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics:
- Principles and Application of Science I
- Science Investigation Skills
- Principles and Application of Science II
- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Laboratory Techniques and their Application
- Investigative Project
Plus two other units, to include a Forensic Science unit.
Assessment consists of internal assignments (54%) and external exams (46%). The external exams are available twice a year.
Extending your Experience
There is a considerable emphasis on practical procedures throughout the course and how they are used in the workplace. Consequently, there will be links with local industries and hospitals to see how the skills are applied in a working situation.
At least a grade 5 in Higher Tier GCSE Combined Science and Mathematics, but we will consider other students on an individual basis in exceptional circumstances.
Where will this Course take me?
BTEC Level 3 Nationals have been developed with employability at the heart. Learners could progress directly into employment through a range of entry- level industry training programmes and/or Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as laboratory technician, industrial technician, medical technician. Taken alongside other qualifications, it will prepare learners to progress to a wider range of degree programmes such as nursing, psychology or environmental science course, for example.
Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education