Science

What is it about?

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education, and ultimately to employment,  possibly in the applied science sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A level.

What will I be studying?

You will be studying key components of biology, chemistry and physics alongside investigation skills  like planning, recording, processing, analysing and evaluating scientific findings, and using primary and secondary data required to complete practical tasks.

What skills will I learn?

Studying the science investigative unit, learning how to plan investigations, collect, analyse, and present data and communicate results, thus supporting some of the skills you need to progress into higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by examination for Unit 1, which must be passed in order to gain access to the second year. Unit 3 is an external investigation and Unit 2 and 8 are internally assessed by the means of coursework.

Where might it lead me?

This qualification, when studied with other level 3 qualifications, is primarily designed to support progression to employment, after further study at university.

However, it can also support students progressing to employment directly, or via an apprenticeship. It will give successful students the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills that will be an advantage when applying for a range of industry linked training programmes or apprenticeships in the applied Science, or other sector of their choice.

Who can I ask for more information about this subject?

Mr Jones, Ms Watkins and Ms Duncan in the Science Department will provide any further information required.

Where can find more information about BTEC Level 3 Science?

The Pearson Website under BTEC applied Sciences Extended Certificate.

Are there any specific subject requirements?

In line with Academy expectations.

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