Designed for learners who are interested in learning about the scientific sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, this course will develop your scientific vocational skills alongside your independent learning skills. BTEC Science should particularly suit students interested in a wide variety of professions such as nursing, occupational therapy, veterinary nursing, radiotherapy, science laboratory technician, sport and physiotherapy. To be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.
Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science I
- Written examination set and marked by Pearson
- 1 1/2 hours
- 90 marks
- A task set and marked by Pearsons and completed under supervised conditions
- The supervised assessment is arranged over 2 sessions in a three week period timetabled by Pearsons
- The supervised assessment sessions are 3 hours for Part A and 1.5 hours for part B
- Practical investigation and written submission
- 60 marks
- Equivalent in size to one A Level.
- 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
- Mandatory content (83%).
- External assessment (58%)
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills.
Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Miss K. Swift
Lead Practitioner Science
To me science is essential for understanding the world, there is a beauty to how everything fits together perfectly to work in the Universe and I genuinely can't pick out an area of science that interests me more than others. This love of science led me to study a degree in Biochemistry followed by a Chemical Engineering Masters. Even now there is so many new advances in science that are fascinating, from the development of new polymers that can be used for armour plating the human body to robotic arms that can be coordinated and controlled by paraplegic patients and I love relating these new discoveries to the students I teach. You never know in a few years maybe science will be so advanced that I'll be able to implant knowledge into students upon entry to my room. No-one knows what's coming and that's that fun of it!
Dr S. Mahay
Teacher of Science
I got my first degree in Physiology and Pharmacology and then a PhD in Physiology and have a passion for teaching science to all age groups. I like my subject as it reveals to us how the world around us works and its only by understanding this that we can potentially change it. I love all the sciences, but I am particularly fascinated with biology as it is the study of living organisms. I enjoy exploring scientific concepts using media and technology with my pupils and always look to develop independent thinkers and able scientist.
A-Level Pass Rate
Most students achieve their expected grades or above and many students move onto university.
I enjoy the practical nature of the course and the fact that there are no exams. Being able to apply what I have covered in class to real-life context allows me to gain an deeper understanding of science. I hope to go on to study science at university and the independent learning skills I have been taught will serve me well towards this.Sammie Gibson
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