This two year vocational science course provides learners with the opportunity to continue to study biology, chemistry, and physics topics, as well as developing laboratory skills and a depper understanding of how science is applied to real situations in the workplace.
The course is assessed via examination (58%) and coursework (42%). Learners will study four units over the duration of the course:
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science 1
This unit covers core concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. Topics include: Chemistry of the elements, structure and function of cells and tissues and the use of waves in communication.
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (internally assessed)
Learners develop their practical skills in core laboratory techniques. Learners will become proficient in carrying out titrations, colorimetry, calorimetry and thin layer chromatography.
Unit 3: Scientific Investigation Skills (externally assessed practical task)
Learners will study plants and the environment, enzymes, the movement of molecules, the energy content of fuels, and electrical circuits and will be assessed via an externally set practical examination.
Optional Unit (details TBC)
The recommended requirement to study this course is that you have achieved two grade 5’s in Combined Science or, if you have studied Separate Sciences, at grade 5 or better in all three specialisms. In addition, having a grade 5 or better in maths would be highly desirable.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
The BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science is suitable for all students who wish to build upon all three science specialisms studies at GCSE, as the course is designed to broaden your understanding of science and its applications in the workplace.
Where could this course take you?
The requirements of the qualification are such that learners will develop transferable skills which are valued by both higher education and employers, enabling entry directly into employment or to university to study science related courses. As 95% of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC’s, this qualification can provide many possible progression routes.
What our students say
“I like the fact that there is coursework as well as exams. It means that there won’t be as many exams or as much pressure at the end of Year 13″
Being able to study all three science specialisms means that there’s loads of different topics to learn about and research how they are used in different jobs”