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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
Code APPLIED SCIENCE DIPLOMA
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

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. 


The course is available as an Extended Certificate (1 A Level Equivalent) and a Diploma (2 A Level Equivalent).

Details

This course is equivalent in size to 2 A Levels and in this course, you will study 8 units. 6 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 colorimetry, 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.


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.

How will it be delivered?

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT (59%), EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT (41%) 

(External assessment is a mix of externally marked assignments and exam questions.) 

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