Applied Science (Level 3 Diploma)
Science and Mathematics
What will you be working towards?
||Applied Science (Level 3 Diploma)
||National Diploma (BTEC)
This is a Level 3 Diploma course. It is the equivalent size to two A Levels - 120 credits.
Applied Science is a hands on science course that does not solely rely on exams for the final grade. The course is practical based and offers lots of opportunities to get out of the school and into the workplace, from visiting hospitals and research centres, to technology companies and even quarries. Applied Science can prepare you for a suite of careers, including sports science, nursing, agriculture, engineering, and, of course, biological research. In the past our students have gone on to train as nurses, science technicians and used their BTEC qualification to get into university for a number of different programs.
One of the advantages of the Level 3 BTEC in applied science is that the course is adaptable to the students. For each of the 3 qualifications, there are some mandatory units and some optional units. The mandatory units, depending on the qualification, include:
- Principles and Applications of Science
- Science Investigation Skills
- Contemporary Issues in Science
The optional units can be grouped into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For example, if our students prefer Biology, we can tailor the optional units to be Biology heavy and light on the Chemistry and Physics.
The course is assessed through a combination of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed exams. Roughly 40% of the course is exam based. Assignments are set and marked at specific points during the year. It is critical that students plan their time wisely and submit their assignments on time.
How will it be delivered?
The course is delivered through taught sessions which lead to preparation for external assessments or the completion of assignments. Group discussion, individual written preparation, practical exercises; practice questions and assessments are all used throughout the course.
Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to HE, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units including external and synoptic assessment. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified.
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic. Each external assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by the awarding organisation and a grade is awarded. Learners must achieve all external units at pass grade or above. Students are permitted to re sit any external assessment only once during the programme.
Internal assessments are set and marked by the course staff and the outcome verified by an independent member of staff. Internal assessments usually take the form of assignments, which might be written reports, presentations or practical activities which are observed by an assessor.
The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the this course are:
Examinations - all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
- Set tasks - learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available twice a year.
Assignments and External Exams are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. To achieve any qualification grade, learners must:
- Complete and have an outcome (D, M P or U) for all units within a valid combination
- Achieve the required units at pass or above
- Achieve the minimum number of points at a grade threshold
Qualifications are graded using a scale of PP to D*D*, depending on total points scored across the course of the year. A unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit to the overall score.
At least 5 GCSE Grades 9 - 4 to include English and Maths.
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Applied Science can prepare you for a suite of careers, including sports science, nursing, agriculture, engineering, and, of course, biological research. In the past our students have gone on to train as nurses, science technicians and used their BTEC qualification to get into university for a number of different programs.