November 28, 2010 in by admin
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science
Shirebrook Academy is delighted to offer Applied Science course as part of its Post-16 provision for September 2011. This course has been carefully selected to provide students with experience and skills to progress to a wide range of careers and courses in science.
The applied science course is a full time two year course based primarily at the Academy with opportunities for work based visits.
In addition to the Level 3 Extended Diploma students will also gain a BTEC level 2 in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) leadership. STEM learning develops personal and leadership capabilities with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics
The Extended Diploma in Applied Science
The BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science is designed for students interested in developing a career in the science sector or moving into higher education. The qualification provides insight into the variety of occupational routes which are available within the sector and progression into employment or further study.
You must have the ability to work independently and as part of a small group.
Over the two years of the course you will be based at the Academy full time, with the exception of work experience opportunities. To complete the BTEC Extended Diploma you will study up to eighteen units of work.
Sample units include:
- Fundamentals of science
- Practical chemical analysis
- Microbiological techniques
- Chemical laboratory techniques
- Physiology of human body systems
- Electronics for science technicians
- Chemistry for biology technicians
- Biochemistry and biochemical techniques
The course is assessed internally and then externally moderated by the exam board. It is 100% coursework based, so there isn’t a final examination. Each of the units will be assessed by completing assignments.
Throughout the course there will be many opportunities for students to experience science in its widest sense.
Examples may include –
- Visits to local science based industries
- Working with the department to assist in setting up and running extra-curricular science opportunities for younger students
- Work experience in a science based industry
- Visits to national science events, for example lectures at the Royal Institution
- Opportunities to support the delivery of science opportunities within the partner primary schools and wider community.
You will need to demonstrate a reasonable level of literacy and communication and have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above (including English, mathematics and science) or BTEC level 2 Diploma in Applied Science and a satisfactory reference.
A keen interest in developing a career in a science related industry.
What happens when you have finished?
What further learning could you do:
The BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science has the equivalence of three GCE A Levels, and it is possible for you to progress into higher education as BTEC National qualifications give UCAS points for university applications. Successful students can progress to a degree in a science based discipline.