5 A-C grades at GCSE which must include Maths, English and a double science award. Level 2 BTEC qualifications in science are also accepted at a minimum of a merit.
To be successful on the course you should be organised, independent, have good communication skills, be con dent in your practical skills and have good time management.
You will gain a variety of valuable skills, all of which are valuable in either employment or progression into higher education.
The transferable skills that are particularly developed include; the ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically, to be able to give presentations and be active group members, reading scientific and technical texts, effective writing, analytical skills, practical skills.
What will I study?
This consists of 13 units, ranging across all three science disciplines and incorporating maths as an essential element of interpreting scientific data.
Units include such topics as; laboratory techniques, practical scientific procedures, physiology of human body systems, genetics, applications of organic chemistry, medical physics applications and an independent investigative project on a topic you choose.
Why study Applied Science?
The science industry offers huge potential for learners interested in the sector.
The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in sectors including renewable energy, space, low carbon, pharmaceutical, utilities, automotive, agri-food and bioscience.
BTECs offer a more learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure. They focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.
Where will this course lead me?
You can go on to a range of higher education courses or employment opportunities. Examples include; degree courses in forensic anthropology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, neonatal nursing, astrophysics, radiography, forensic psychology, primary teaching, apprenticeships with the MoD, working with the Crown Prosecution Service, various lab technician roles and working in the haematology lab in the local hospital.
The BTEC programme is assessed via coursework based portfolios, practical activities and written exams. The portfolios are built up over the course of the units and will cover a range of pass, merit and distinction criteria tasks and activities.
Extracurricular activities related to this course
We offer a range of extracurricular activities here at the NSETC. You are welcome to join in as many possible, some of the more relevant ones include; Science Olympiads, Crest Awards, first aid, guest talks and careers activities.