King James' School

Applied Science BTEC National

 What’s it all about? 

BTEC National Applied Science is a course for students who enjoy being in the lab, but do not wish to study separate subjects. It is all about science in the workplace and how science affects our day-to-day lives. It will have a balance of coursework and examined units. 

“It’s science for the hands on scientist! Love practical science? Want a well-regarded vocational level 3 qualification? BTEC Applied Science is the perfect blend of laboratory work and real-life content.” 

Exam and Assessment Information: 

The course on offer is the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science. It is available to certificate level over one year (equivalent to 0.5 A level) or extended certificate (equivalent to one full A level) over 2 years. 

The BTEC comprises 50% externally assessed examined units and 50% internally assessed coursework. You will study key concepts in science incorporating biology, chemistry & physics and undertake an array of experimental techniques such as calibration, chromatography and calorimetry. In units assessed by assignments, you will carry out set tasks and create evidence to work-related scenarios. Assignments can include research, projects, investigations, fieldwork, and experiments, and often link theory with practical exercises. 

Each BTEC Nationals unit is individually graded (Pass, Merit, Distinction) and contributes towards the final qualification grade. All mandatory units (2 studied for the certificate and 3 of the 4 studied in the extended certificate) must be passed. The final grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What next? 

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science provides access to a huge range of scientific and non-scientific degree courses. It also provides a good balance for the student studying predominantly arts and humanities as it tests a wider variety of skills. As the subject includes portfolio modules it can cater for students who excel with coursework.

Our students say … 

“The coursework is interesting as there are a variety of topics and issues covered.”  Gina Smith 

“The practical lessons are enjoyable because you use a much wider range of technical equipment than at GCSE.” Charlotte Notman

There are aspects of this course that are mathematical, you may want to support this subject with a Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies.  The details of this can be found on page 28.

Applied Science BTEC National