Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (1 A Level Equivalent) or Diploma (2 A Level Equivalent)

Level 3 Applied Science is an ideal BTEC for those students who are aiming for a broad range of science related careers. This qualification allows for progression into many science related degree subjects at university, such as nursing, midwifery, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy, radiology and many others. This is a course for students who are interested in science but find the emphasis on assessment by examinations does not allow them to show their full potential.

The Applied Science course will allow you to study how science is applied in many different types of professions and industries. The focus of the course is scientific usage, concentrating on how scientists and others use science in their work.

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THE APPLIED SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

The department uses a specialist laboratory that is equipped to the highest standards. In addition there are two dedicated computer rooms for completion of coursework and an open access computer area adjacent to the laboratories.The department makes wide ranging use of interactive online resources to facilitate independent learning.

COURSE DETAILS

EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE
(1 A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)
This course is equivalent in size to an A Level and in this course, you will study 6 units, 4 of which are mandatory and 2 of which are externally marked.

PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE
Scientists and technicians working in science-related organisations must have a good understanding of core science concepts. A strong grasp of these concepts will enable you to use and apply this knowledge and understanding in vocational contexts when studying other units within this specification.

PRACTICAL SCIENTIFIC PROCEDURES AND TECHNIQUES
Through the practical tasks in the unit, you will develop proficiency in the quantitative analytical techniques of titration and calorimetry, including learning to calculate the concentration of solutions. You will use measurement of temperature to study cooling curves and be introduced to paper and thin-layer chromatography (TLC). You will also have the opportunity to calibrate equipment and will be encouraged to be aware of the safety aspects of given laboratory procedures and techniques.

SCIENCE INVESTIGATION SKILLS
This science practical investigation unit is designed to allow you to develop and demonstrate your science knowledge, practical and project management skills. The investigation should be carried out in stages where you should discuss with your teacher how you will plan, carry out and analyse the results of their experiment and present it as a scientific report. You may be asked to carry out a practical investigation that has been designed by somebody else or to suggest your own design.

DIPLOMA IN APPLIED SCIENCE

(2 A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)
This course is equivalent in size to two A Levels and in this course, you will study 8 units. 6 of which are mandatory and 2 of which are externally marked.Units include those on the Extended Certificate plus;

LABORATORY TECHNIQUES AND THEIR APPLICATION
In this unit, you will investigate a scientific organisation to gain an understanding of how it operates. You will investigate health and safety practices in the organisation’s laboratories and consider related primary and secondary legislation. You will also have the opportunity to compare the approach taken to hazards and risk management in different part of the organisation.

PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE
A strong grasp of core science concepts will enable you to use and apply this knowledge and understanding in vocational contexts when studying other units in this specification.

INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT
In this unit, you will carry out an investigative project that you have chosen in collaboration with your teacher. You will choose one topic area that interests you and this will form the basis of your investigative project. You will carry out a scientific literature search and review, considering the project’s aims and objectives, then produce a realistic plan and carry out the project safely using your scientific investigation skills, project management skills and what you have learnt from the other units. Finally, you will prepare an evaluative report that will consider the project outcomes and suggest amendments that may have improved those outcomes.

ASSESSMENT

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT (54%)
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT (46%)

DEPARTMENTAL ENRICHMENT

The department offers lunchtime exam clinics and support for developing and improving your coursework portfolio.
We are a very approachable department. We want and expect you to achieve very high marks and therefore we offer you support and help to make sure that you achieve your maximum potential. You can succeed and be very successful on this course.

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study pharmaceutical sciences, physiotherapy, environmental science, forensic science, nursing, laboratory work, forensic analysis, primary teaching or any other subject related to a practical science related career, then BTEC Applied Science will be invaluable.

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