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BTEC Applied Science


Applied Science draws on knowledge developed across the GCSE science curriculum and applies it to a real-world capacity. Imagine you are living in an isolated village in Africa and need to help the residents develop a reliable electricity source. Applied Science knowledge of materials, electricity and the effect of electricity upon the human body if misused would be vital in developing a solution. This course is for those who love all branches of science and are not ready to specialise. At CAST we believe in developing individuals to become independent, lifelong learners. This is achieved through a student-centred curriculum that focuses on practical problem solving. Students studying this course develop a wide range of skills that are directly applicable to further study in higher education or in a workplace environment, including time management, self-evaluation, presentation and problem-solving skills as well as applied practical skills. Throughout the course students will gain an appreciation of how scientific knowledge and skills may be used in different industries and careers. 

The course is equivalent in subject content and difficulty to completing 3 A level courses and can open doors to a number of career options. Many students go on to complete higher level apprenticeship qualifications or university courses in areas such as biomedical science, forensic science, nursing, midwifery, radiography, chemical and physical engineering roles. 

Content

We follow the Pearson 601/7437/7 specification. The course runs across two years and students will be continually assessed throughout, a combination of external exam units and internal assessed units will contribute to student’s final grade.  

In brief the course consists of 7 mandatory units and 6 option units: 

Mandatory Units 

  1. Principles and Applications of Science I 
  2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques 
  3. Science Investigation Skills 
  4. Laboratory Techniques and Their Applications 
  5. Principles and Applications of Science II 
  6. Investigative Project 
  7. Contemporary Issues in Science 

Option Units 

8. Physiology of Human Body Systems 

11. Genetics and Genetic Engineering 

13. Applications of Inorganic Chemistry 

15. Electrical Circuits and Their Applications 

19. Practical Chemical Analysis 

21. Medical Physics Applications 

Full details of the order of delivery for these units can be found in the student handbook, which will be shared with students and parents at the start of the academic year. 

Assessment

The following assessments will be spread across the two-year course. Full details of the timings of the assessment can be found in the student handbook which will be shared with students and parents at the start of the academic year. 

  • 3 x 40min exams covering unit 1 biology, chemistry and physics, worth 90 marks in total – assessed externally. 
  • 3 x 50min exams covering unit 5 biology, chemistry and physics, worth 120 marks in total – assessed externally. 
  • 1 x controlled assessment practical task for unit 3 completed in college at a time set by Pearson, worth 60 marks – assessed externally. 
  • 1 x controlled assessment written task analysing contemporary issues in science completed in college at a time set by Pearson, worth 50 marks – assessed externally. 
  • 9 x assignments consisting of problem-solving activities – assessed internally.