Subject Area: Sciences
Level: BTEC Level 2 First Certificate (2 GCSEs Equivalent)
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
The BTEC First in Applied Science can help you take your first steps towards a career in a wide range of sectors such as process, industrial, medical, or forensic science. You’ll learn about scientific principles and how to put them into practice in the workplace.
This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to gain a level 1 or level 2 qualification to support further study. It is possible to combine GCSEs with this qualification.
You will need at least a grade 3 in GCSE English and Maths, or a grade 33 in GCSE Combined Science.
What will I study?
To ensure sufficient breadth and depth, this qualification covers key scientific principles and their application.
You will study biology-related units such as Cells, the Nervous System, Genetics, Evolution, and Aspects of Health. In terms of chemistry, you will study units including Atoms, Structures and Bonding, Acids and Bases, and Environmental Chemistry. In physics, you will study Energy, Electricity, Radioactivity, and Waves.
This course, combined with other qualifications, provides a progression route to BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science. This two year course can lead to careers such as nursing and primary education. Students can also progress from the level 3 course to a variety of degree courses specialising in aspects of biology, chemistry and physics. Alternatively the BTEC First can be used to access employment or apprenticeships.