Applied Science BTEC Diploma
What will I learn?
The BTEC Diploma in Applied Science consists of 6 mandatory units plus a further 7 optional units that provide a total combination of 120 credits. The exact units covered may change from year to year, but this is an indication of the likely course structure:
Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science: includes cell biology, titrations & calorimetry
Unit 2 Working in the Science Industry: includes laboratory design and safety
Unit 3 Scientific Investigations: microbiology investigation into antibiotics
Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques: chemical separation techniques
Unit 5 Perceptions of Science: influence of the media on science
Unit 6 Using Mathematical Tools in Science: algebraic calculations
Possible ‘Optional’ Units:
Unit 8 Using Statistics in Science: analysing data via statistical tests
Unit 11 Physiology of Body Systems: physiology of various organ systems
Unit 13 Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques: molecular biology
Unit 18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering: inheritance and protein synthesis
Unit 20 Medical physics techniques: CAT, MRI, PET & X-ray scans
Unit 26 Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions: A look at the chemical industry
Unit 44 Astronomy: observing the Solar System and wider universe
A GCSE Science qualification at grade C or above or a Level 2 vocational science qualification (eg BTEC or OCR National) at merit or above, and GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above.
GCSE (old) Points Average 4.0 or above including 5 C grades.
How will I be assessed?
The course has no formal examinations, so units will be assessed by the completion of appropriate coursework. Students will need to work to set deadlines in order to be successful on this course.
Additional Learning Opportunities
You could choose to take part in additional activities such as First Aid, Maths for Scientists, Fitness Instructor Award or Basic Food Hygiene.
Who is this course aimed at?
The BTEC Diploma in Applied Science is attractive to students who:
- are interested in a career in science or medically related careers
- want to gain a broad understanding of science
- have a strong interest in the work of scientists in a range of different fields
- enjoy learning through practical based activities
- wish to take a course which is assessed entirely by coursework
You could progress into a science-based higher education course or into science-based training and employment. This BTEC Diploma would need to be studied alongside another AS/A Level science subject to give you entry on to a degree-level science course.
- BTEC Level 3