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Applied Science

KS5 Applied Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is a two year course made up of four compulsory units.  It is equivalent in size to one A Level. 

The course is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and technical skills to prepare you for employment in a scientific environment or to continue your studies at Higher Education.  You will be required to perform and write up practicals, research new areas and work independently outside of lessons to successfully complete all the requirements.  A commitment to hard work and an interest all three sciences is essential as all aspects of chemistry, biology and physics are studied and examined.

The assignments are built to allow you to access all grades. On completion of the course you will be awarded 16-56 UCAS points which are recognised by universities. Together with other relevant A-levels the course may provide a stepping stone into a whole range of careers such as a laboratory technician, or a role in scientific research and development or scientific analysis. There are scientific job opportunities in almost every industry, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals; nursing, physiotherapy and the health service; government establishments; research; and educational institutions.

Applied Science will provide valuable skills which you will be able to transfer into a practical setting. 

Units covered throughout the course:

  • Principles and Applications of science - The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications.
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques - This unit introduces you to standard laboratory equipment and techniques, including titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chromatography, calibration procedures and laboratory safety. Through the practical tasks in the unit, you will develop proficiency in the quantitative analytical techniques, calibration of equipment and will be encouraged to be aware of the safety aspects of given laboratory procedures and techniques.
  • Science Investigation skills - In this unit, you will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed in planning and conducting a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. These skills will be delivered through subject themes ranging from enzymes and diffusion to electrical circuits.

2 units are externally assessed (58% of the course) where you will sit 3 x 30 minute written exams and a practical/written set task based on a vocational theme.

2 units require continuous assessment where you will build up a portfolio of evidence by completing assignments.