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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science

Our Subject

Why choose BTEC science, rather than A level? We offer students the chance to study science at level 3 with C grades in the sciences, and a grade 4 in English and maths – lower than the grade Bs and grade 5s needed for the A level sciences.

The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma is a full-time course equivalent to 3 A levels, offering you the chance to study applied science, It is a very well-regarded route to employment in science or as an alternative from A levels to gain entry to university.

The BTEC level 3 Subsidiary Diploma counts as one of your three A level subjects and is a two year course.  It is equivalent to one A level and is primarily aimed at students who would like to study Physics.

Subsidiary Diploma

Equivalent to 1 A-Level, this course will suit you if you are prepared to develop good practical skills by getting involved in lessons. You also need to be organised and able to listen carefully to advice. Most importantly, you should have a genuine interest in science as it requires a high degree of self-motivation.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths, English language and Double Science.

This qualification cannot be taken alongside any other Level 3 Science course.

Our links with HE

Progression

Students who successfully complete this course can study for degrees in a range of careers, depending on their other subjects.

Educational Visits

Students on the Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science course have visited Nottingham University for a talk on eco homes as well as local pharmaceutical firm Juniper and Dri-Pak, who manufacture a range of traditional cleaning products.


Course Structure

The full qualification is 4 units.  These will be spread over 2 years.

The units are assessed either by formal exams, externally set and marked practical assessments or by completion of a coursework portfolio, Nearly 60% is assessed externally.

Year 1:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science – External exam

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – Internally set assignment

Year 2:

Unit 3: Scientific Investigation skills – Externally set and marked practical investigation

Plus 1 internally assessed science unit.

The remaining unit will be chosen from a range of topics, depending on the strengths of the group. It will be assessed as an internally set and marked assignment.