Subject Area: Sciences
Level: BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
This qualification is equivalent to 2 A levels. The course is divided into units which are assessed as assignments – most are submitted in a portfolio to be marked and verified internally.
Additionally there are two externally assessed written papers and an externally assessed Task.
You should have either a grade C or above in Core and Additional Science or at least a Merit in a Level 2/Intermediate Applied Science course. A minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and in GCSE Maths is required. You must also have a genuine interest in the subject and have the
motivation to apply yourself to the course.
What will I study?
You will perform various practical techniques and learn about their application in industry, medicine and research. Through these you will develop the transferable higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers.
You will study compulsory units plus a number of optional units.
Compulsory units include: Principles and Applications of Science I; Practical Science Procedures and Techniques; Scientific Investigation Skills; Laboratory Techniques and their Application; Principles and Applications of Science II; Investigative project; Contemporary issues in Science.
Examples of optional units include: Physiology of Human Body Systems; Astronomy and Space Science; Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques; Medical Physics Applications; Biomedical science; Practical Chemical analysis. The units offered will depend upon demand each year and this will be reviewed annually. Typically you will take one additional subject with this course.
The course is flexible so it is possible to complete a shorter course to achieve a certificate, extended certificate (equivalent to 1 A level) or a Foundation Diploma (1.5 of an A-level).
The BTEC level 3 National Diploma gives students the opportunity to enter higher education, to progress to vocational qualifications such as health-related courses and degrees or a degree in Applied Sciences. The Diploma can also lead to a career in the health care, leisure, medical and laboratory-based science or food/catering industries.