During the first year you will study three mandatory units to achieve the BTEC certificate:
? Fundamentals of Science
This unit includes aspects of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. You will learn about the structures and functions of different cells and identify them using a microscope. You will study atomic structure, bonding and will gain a foundation in quantitative Chemistry.
There will also be investigations of energy transfer processes such as those involved generating renewable energy.
? Working in the Science Industry
This unit involves topics such as laboratory design and how information is stored and managed in a laboratory.
? Scientific Practical Techniques.
This is a practical Chemistry unit and involves techniques for synthesising and separating substances along with assessing their purity.
During the second year a further three modules can be studied to gain the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science. These units will include topics from Biology such as Physiology of Human Body Systems and Biochemistry.
Students following the Diploma course would complete all of the Subsidiary Diploma modules during year 1 and then complete 7 further modules whose content will largely comprise of Mathematics, Chemistry and Scientific Investigations.
Students following the Extended Diploma will study alongside Diploma students but complete three extra units in each year. These units will include Physics topics such as electrical circuits and radioactivity.
Possibility of some day visits.
Grade 4 in GCSE Science. Grade 4 in Maths.
This course would provide useful underpinning scientific knowledge for students studying a Health and Social Care, Psychology or Sports Science course.
Students have gone on to careers in / as:
Pharmacy Technician, Lab Technician, Research Support Assistant.