West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form Course Guide

Appl ied Science BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE Specific entry requirements At least five 9-4 grades at GCSE, Level 2 BTEC Double Award in Applied Science at merit or distinction or at least two grade 5s from any science GCSEs and a grade 4 in mathematics and English. Content of the course The 30-credit BTECLevel 3Certificate offers aspecialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector. The BTECLevel 3Certificate is a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and give vocational emphasis. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level. This Level 3 qualification consists of three core units (these are the mandatory units- and must be covered for the certificate): 1. Principles and Applications of Science I (external) 2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (internal) 3. Scientific Investigation Skills (external) The optional unit we have chosen to cover is the Physiologyof theHumanBodySystems (internally assessed). Of these four units of study two are assessed externally, these are in the format of written examination lasting 1.5 hours, written by Pearson and the other is a supervised synoptic assessment. How is the course assessed? All internal assessments are in the format of coursework undertaken in controlled conditions, external assessments are in the forms of examination and synoptic assessment. Is this course for you and where could it take you? This course is designed to provide you with a specialist work-related qualification. The course is perfectly suited to anyone interested in entering the various science and technical professions. This qualification uses science in the workplace as a focal point and enables learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for you to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to science and the science industries. This course encourages skill based learning in more specific science areas, for example you will look at how labs are managed and the need to calibrate equipment. It is essential that students on this course are organised, and able to meet deadlines, are open to learning new practical skills, have good maths and written skills in order to make calculations and write reports and finally excellent communication skills are a necessity in order to present information verbally and in writing for assessment purposes. In previous years students have used this qualification to further their studies in nursing, midwifery, forensic science and other analytical courses. It also allows for entry into science based higher level apprenticeships and employment. Contact PleasecontactMissKBeckwith beckwithk@westlakesmat.org.uk West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form 6