BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Exam Board: Pearsons-Edexcel (Specification for first teaching September 2016)

Why Study BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma In Applied Science?

Applied Science takes existing scientific knowledge to develop it in a real world capacity. Imagine you are living in an isolated village in Africa and need to help the residents develop a reliable electricity source. Applied Science knowledge of materials, electricity and the effect of electricity upon humans if misused would be vital in developing a solution. This course is for those of you who love all branches of science and are not ready to specialise. Rest assured this courses is equivalent in subject content and difficulty to completing 3 A level courses and is recognised by universities.

BTEC At UTC Cambridge

At UTC Cambridge we believe in developing individuals to become independent, lifelong learners. This is achieved through a student centred curriculum that focuses on practical problem solving.

Where Can a BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma In Applied Science Take You?

This qualification makes you ideally suited to move on to either an apprenticeship or university. 90% of the students who enter university with BTEC qualifications receive a 1st or 2nd class degree.

“Vocational qualifications are becoming increasingly attractive to employers particularly as they encourage students to develop real-life, 21st century skills such as problem-solving and team work. They also play an important role in promoting social mobility. Our own research finds businesses either prefer new recruits to hold a mix of both academic and vocational qualifications, or value academic and vocational qualifications equally. Perhaps that’s why more students now go to university with a BTEC than ever before.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson’s UK business

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades A*- C with a BCC grade in Extended/Triple Science or BB in Double Science

Specification

The full specification can be found from the link below:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/applied-science-2016.html

In brief the course consists of seven mandatory units and six option units:

 

Mandatory Units

1: Principles And Applications Of Science I
2: Practical Scientific Procedures And Techniques
3: Science Investigation Skills
4: Laboratory Techniques And Their Applications
5: Principles And Applications Of Science II
6: Investigative Project
7: Contemporary Issues In Science

Option Units

8: Physiology Of Human Body Systems
10: Biological Molecules And Metabolic Pathways
13: Applications Of Inorganic Chemistry
15: Electrical Circuits And Their Applications
19: Practical Chemical Analysis
21: Medical Physics Applications

 

Students taking the Extended Diploma In Applied Science in Yr12 take the following units:

Unit 1 - External Exam called Principles And Applications Of Science I

Unit 2 -  Practical Scientific Procedures And Techniques

Unit 8 - Physiology Of Human Body Systems

Unit 19 - Practical Chemical Analysis

Unit 15 - Electrical Circuits And Their Applications

Unit 4 - Laboratory Techniques And Their Applications

Unit 3 - Science Investigative Skills, which is an externally assessed controlled assessment

 

BTEC Student Handbook

Year 12 Teaching Plan

 

 

Assessment

Year 12

One x 1.5 hour exam covering unit 1, worth 90 marks – assessed externally

One x controlled assessment practical task completed in college at a time set by Pearsons, worth 60 marks – assessed externally

Five x assignments consisting of problem solving activities – assessed internally

Year 13

One x 2 hour exam covering unit 5, worth 120 marks – assessed externally
One x controlled assessment practical task completed in college at a time set by Pearsons, worth 50 marks – assessed externally
Four x assignments consisting of problem solving activities – assessed internally

Where Can I Get Extra Help

All internal assignment briefs contain a section that lists specific websites, scientific journals and textbooks to help you complete your work.