BTEC Applied Science is a general course with a strong biological focus. BTEC is more vocational in approach, and is ideal for students more adept at continuous assessment ( coursework ) as there are no external examinations.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
There are two BTEC options:
- BTEC Science Subsidiary Diploma ( equivalent to 1 A level )
- BTEC Science Diploma ( equivalent to 2 A levels )
Each course covers a variety of scientific modules including: the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigations and practical techniques and using mathematical tools in science. Human physiology, biochemistry techniques, genetic engineering and microbiological techniques are all covered in the larger, Diploma course.
The course itself is more practical in nature, and students will have opportunities to develop their laboratory skills during the course. As it is a vocational course, students will be encouraged and supported in undertaking some element of work experience to complement their studies.
Where might it lead?
BTEC Applied Science courses when combined with A levels offer an excellent route to university for a variety of science based degrees. These include: Radiography, Paramedic, Nursing, Forensic Science, Midwifery, Laboratory Technician and Pharmaceutical based degree courses.
Alternatively, students may gain employment directly from college. As the course is vocational many employers recognise that a student leaving college with a good grade will have had a good basic training in laboratory techniques. Employers are therefore more willing to give that student employment in a laboratory based job.