Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science
Over a two year course you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of Chemical, Biochemical and Microbiological Laboratory Techniques, Genetics, Physiology and Applied Chemistry. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto Higher Education or employment in the science industry.
You will study a range of biological and chemistry based subjects which include:
- Human Physiology
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Astronomy and Medical Physics
- Working In the Science Industry
- Practical Chemical Analysis
Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to develop their practical knowledge and skills by performing a variety of biology and chemistry experimental work.
Students will also learn how to work safely within a laboratory environment and how to use maths and statistics to analyse experimental data.
Students experience an exciting range of activities, and enrichment on this course is split up into two areas:
- Course specific enrichment to help you build up your scientific skills and knowledge – e.g. performing practical work discovery days at Manchester University or at NOWGEN (isolating your own DNA) in Manchester, or building up your scientific knowledge at the Thackray Museum (disease and microbiology) in Leeds, or the Manchester Museum. You will also be able to attend a range of science talks at college
- Non course specific enrichment is designed to help encourage team building skills or other skills important for life after Runshaw College. For example, outdoor team-building activities during induction, an activity day at Waddecar Scout Camp where students can pit their skills against students from other departments
You need 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalents). GCSEs must include maths and/or English at grade C in one and no less than a grade D in the other– preferably grade C in both.
It is essential that in addition to the normal college entry requirements you will have at least a grade C at GCSE in both Core and Additional Science (or Applied Science or separate Science or FD BTEC at grade M or above) to study the BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science.
N.B. If a student has a D in either maths or English, they will be timetabled to re-take GCSE in that subject.
You will be able to develop a range of skills applicable to the world of work or further study:
- Students will undertake a wide variety of experimental work during the course which will develop their observational, manipulative and analytical skills. As part of this training they will be required to produce scientific laboratory reports. Students will be taught how to analyse and evaluate results and how to reach conclusions
- In today’s scientific world, work is communicated in a variety of formats in laboratory reports, essays, leaflets, posters and presentations. Students will be required to present their work in these formats
- Students will have opportunities to develop their team working skills through group work and role play
- Open and closed book tests
- Tutor observations
Students can progress directly into laboratory- based work such as a lab technician or other careers where science is required e.g. dental nursing or pharmaceutical researcher:
- UCLan – Chemistry, Biology-related courses, Adult Nursing
- Bangor – Marine Biology, Zoology
- Manchester – Microbiology
- Lancaster – Biomedicine and Biochemistry
- Myerscough College – Veterinary Nursing