This course covers the principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics (at A Level equivalent) and then allows students to specialise in subject areas as diverse as Microbiology or Genetics and many others in between. There is a strong practical element to this course and much time will be spent experimenting with different processes. The great thing is that the course draws the best from the three sciences to give you a great selection of topics.
How is the course structured and graded?
The course is assessed by a series of coursework assignments, an assessed practical activity and a written exam. Students can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. Students study and produce assignments on Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (25%
weighting) and a further topic of their choice (17% weighting), complete a Science Investigation Skills assessed practical (33% weighting) and sit a Principles and Applications of Science exam (25% weighting).
Will this course be suitable for me?
If you love Science and wish to pursue a technical or scientific based career, this is the course for you. You must be a hard worker and be prepared to express your ideas in project work and writing too. You should hold a minimum of a C grade or equivalent in GCSE Science to attempt this course. Alternatively, you may have a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 from Year 11.
What could this course lead to?
This course is ideal for students wishing to go to university to study a Science or technical subject. This would be a good qualification for anyone looking for an apprenticeship too and could give access to higher level apprenticeships.
Pearson Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science
There are no additional fees for this course
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