Applied Science A Level Coursework

Exam Board

Edexcel

Course Details

We will offer: Subsidiary Diploma (1 – A level equivalent) and Diploma (2—A level equivalent)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)
This course is equivalent in size to an A level, and has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum within a broader programme of study. The Subsidiary Diploma allows time in the curriculum to study other qualifications alongside it, such as A levels, e.g. Science, Psychology, or another BTEC Level 3, e.g. Sport, Health and Social Care or IT.

Units covered;
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Science
Unit 2 – Working in the Science Industry
Unit 4 – Scientific Practical Techniques
Unit 11 – Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 13 – Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
Unit 18 – Genetics and Genetic Engineering

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)
This course is equivalent in size to two A levels providing extensive opportunity to study a range of scientific areas. The Diploma allows time in the curriculum to study other qualifications alongside it, such as A levels, e.g. Science, Psychology, or another BTEC Level 3, e.g. Sport, Health and Social Care, or IT.

Units covered;
Unit 3— Scientific Investigations
Unit 5—Perceptions of Science
Unit 6—Using Mathematical Tools in Science
Unit 8 –Using Statistics in Science
Unit 21 – Biomedical Science Techniques
Unit 15 – Microbiological Techniques
Unit 20—Medical Physics

Method of assessment for Level 3 BTEC Applied Science

100% coursework task

Departmental Enrichment

The department offers lunchtime exam clinics and support for developing and improving your course work portfolio.

We are a very approachable department.

We want and expect you to achieve very high marks and therefore we offer you every support and help to make sure that you achieve your maximum potential.

You can succeed and be very successful on this course.

 

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 Applied Science teaching staff:

  • Sarah Thackray: Subject contact Applied Science BTEC
  • David Pickering: Subject contact Applied Science A Level
  • Rachel Hitchenor: Head of Faculty

What's covered?

Students completing one year of study will be eligible for the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. This will either be the Medical Science or Forensic Science options, dependent on the units studied. This qualification is equivalent to one A level. Students completing the full two years of study will be eligible for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (either Forensic or Medical), which is equivalent to three A levels. In the first year students will study 9 units. Successful completion of 6 units triggers the Subsidiary Diploma Award. Students successfully completing all 9 units will be eligible for progression to the second year. In the second year a further 9 units are studied to complete the Extended Diploma Award. The emphasis of both the forensic and medical options is on biology and chemistry, with some example units being titled Practical Chemical Analysis, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Chemical Laboratory Techniques and Physiology of Human Body Systems. The Medical Science option has additional medical related units such as Medical Physics Techniques, Diseases and Infections and Microbiological Techniques. The Forensic Science option has additional units such as Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Criminal Psychology and Criminal Investigation Procedures. All units are assessed through assignment based coursework.

What do you need?

Applicants require four GCSEs at grade C or above including Core Science, Additional Science, Maths and English Language. Alternatively, a Merit in BTEC First Diploma in a related subject along with GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or above.  Mature students will be considered on the merits of their work experience.

How you are assessed

As stated above, all units are assessed through assignment based coursework. Each unit will have several assignments and as you have 9 units to complete per year then expect to be working on several assignments at various periods through the year.

How Long?

2 years

What course next?

After completing the course students either progress directly into the working environment or progress onto a science based higher education course.

What could this lead to?

Medical Science students can seek employment in the medical science related field eg pathology laboratories. Alternatively they progress onto medical/biomedical science related degree courses in HE. Forensic science students can seek employment in forensic science related field eg the police service. Alternatively they progress onto criminal psychology/forensic science related degree courses in HE.

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