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L3 Applied Science Level 3 | BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science

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Unconditional Places to Full-Time Applicants

Due to the uncertainty around how long the Covid-19 outbreak will last, it has been agreed for the immediate future that we will be offering unconditional places to full-time (not University Level) applicants who apply to SGS College.

Once you apply for your course, you will receive a communication offering you a place.

You just need to accept the offer, if you wish to.

We will then be in touch to discuss the offer once the Covid-19 risk reduces.



This Level 3 qualification offers a practical introduction to science and supports progression to further study or employment. It will help you develop the fundamental scientific knowledge and practical skills valued by universities and employers. This qualification is supported by a range of universities, and taken alongside other A Levels, it can fulfill the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including; biomedical, forensics, and sports science, as well as nursing. The qualification is eligible for UCAS.

In this course you will study:

Year 1

Unit 1: Key concepts in science

  • You will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Unit 2: Applied experimental techniques

  • You are introduced to new experimental techniques, developing practical skills including accuracy and precision. You will research the background to a number of analytical and experimental techniques.
  • Unit 3: Science in the modern world

  • You will analyse and evaluate scientific information to develop critical thinking skills and understand how scientific ideas and theories are communicated. You will also find out about scientific careers through the different roles scientists undertake in scientific organisation.
  • Year 2

    Unit 4: The human body

  • You will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the components of a balanced and imbalanced diet and the effects on health. You will look at the occupations that require knowledge of the human body, such as sports scientists and dieticians.
  • Unit 5: Investigative science

  • You gain the opportunity to undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation. The unit enables you to demonstrate and extend your scientific knowledge and skills. You may choose one investigation from a list of titles or choose your own investigation in consultation with your teacher.
  • One of:

    Unit 6a: Mircobiology

  • You will develop your knowledge and understanding of key microbiological concepts and techniques used when working in biotechnological industries.
  • Unite 6b: Medical Physics

  • You will gain an understanding of key areas in modern medical physics. You will learn about different diagnostic techniques and different types of therapy. You will be required to perform specific experiments with radioisotopes and light.
  • Unit 6c: Organic Chemistry

  • You are introduced to preparative organic chemistry in a wide range of contexts, including pharmaceuticals, dyes and bio-diesel. You will synthesis organic compounds and will develop practical chemistry skills and techniques.
  • How will I know how I am doing?

    Year 1

  • X3 written exams (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
  • X4 coursework assignments
  • Year 2

  • X1 3 hour practical
  • X1 written exam based on practical
  • X4 coursework assignments
  • What do I need to join?

    5 GCSE's grade 4-9 including a 5 in Maths and Science.

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    Course information last updated: Friday 10th July 2020 @ 8.41am (15 hours ago)

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