North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Cotham and Redland Green Learning Communities

Applied Science BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Awarding Body


Level 3

100% coursework

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

Centre entry requirements plus Grade 4 in maths and two Grade 4’s in science.

Why should I follow this course?

The course would suit someone with an all- round interest in Science and who enjoys the practical/coursework elements of Science.

What will you learn?

 Unit 1 covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics and is assessed with a formal written examination.

In Unit 2, students will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries. This will be assessed through written internally set assignments.

Unit 3 will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. This will be formally assessed by a task set by Pearson (Edexcel).

Unit 4 is an optional unit and is likely to be a biology  topic  focussing on the physiological make up of three human body systems (musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive), how the systems function and what happens when things go wrong. This will be assessed by written assignments and marked internally. 

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

 A range of learning and teaching methods are used in this course. There will be a focus on  employability skills eg  problem-solving skills,  use of critical thinking, using systems and technology,  intrapersonal skills such as communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and interpersonal skills such as self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Students will be expected to develop the ability to learn independently , the ability to research actively and methodically and to progress to become competent practical and technical scientists.

What can I do with my qualification?

Designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science.

What minimum qualifications will I need? 

Centre entry requirements plus Grade 4 in maths and two Grade 4s in science.  

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