GSO Test

Applied Science BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body

Edexcel (Extended Certificate)

Level 3

58% externally assessed

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
GCSE (4-4) in science

Why should I study this course?

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

What will I 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 11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering - students will gain an understanding of the structure of DNA, cell division and the principles of Mendelian genetics and variation.

How will I learn?

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 do students say?

It’s a “hands on experience” because it’s the “practical side of Science”

“It’s harder than you think…..lots of coursework write ups.”

“This course prepares you for real life.”