KS5 BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

The aim of this course is to provide a broad scientific knowledge for students interested in

continuing their science education and possibly looking for careers in science related industry.

This course is suitable for students who enjoy a wide variety of learning styles. As it is

portfolio based, there is the opportunity to make use of your strengths and look for support on

your weaknesses. You will especially enjoy the course if you like the challenge of independent

research, supported by directed classroom activities such as practicals, lectures and group work.

It is a full-time vocational qualification that is equivalent to 2 GCE qualifications and their

equivalent UCAS points. Students will extend their skills in a range of practical and taught, group

and individual activities.

What will I learn?

The course will aim to offer an engaging, student-centred and differentiated learning experience.

The emphasis is on student participation, ranging from completing simple worksheets to carrying out

challenging research exercises and practical activities. Those students working towards Merit and

Distinction level are offered extension activities or more challenging case studies to ensure they

are able to meet the higher grading criteria. Group exercises are also included to encourage team-

working, skill development and peer assessment.

The units covered in the first year are:

  • Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science
  • Unit 4 – Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Unit 2 – Working in the science industry

The units covered in the second year may change, but at present are:

  • Unit 15 – Physiology of human body systems
  • Unit 18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Unit 12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction

How will I be assessed?

The Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science consists of two core units plus four specialist units, each

consisting of 60 hours of guided learning. Guided learning hours will be a combination of

timetabled class time and independent study. Each module is assessed using a portfolio of work

produced by the individual student. The contents of the portfolio will vary with each module, but

may include essays, presentations, worksheets, practical write-ups, poster work and research. Work

must be the student’s own and any resources used must be referenced correctly at the end of each

piece. There will also be timed pieces of work. These could include specific essays or question

papers set as independent work, but may also be short test papers sat under exam conditions in the

classroom. The course is designed to give opportunities for practical work and industry visits to

make the science more relevant and to give students ideas about possible careers.
Grades are awarded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

What are the entry requirements?

Science GCSE at grade C or above OR Science BTEC level 2 at Merit or above.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for students who wish to learn through applied learning techniques,

therefore applying learning which will be directly beneficial for the workplace (the science

industry). Students need to have a strong interest in science and the ability to develop a range of

scientific skills.

Future opportunities?

Many students who study the BTEC route consider a career in the research science field or as a

technician. However, with the relevant work experience candidates could progress onto careers in

management, teaching or higher level research.
Other possible career paths could include forensics, food manufacturing, environment and

conservation, animal health and breeding, engineering and aerospace.

Who should I contact for additional information?

Course contact: Mr P Naidoo, pregs.naidoo@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Examination board: Edexcel