Applied Science (RQF) BTEC National Extended Diploma
Applied science is a discipline that applies existing scientific knowledge to develop more practical applications, such as technology or inventions.
This two-year course will give you an in-depth understanding of science and its application in industry. You will explore a number of fundamental scientific concepts in chemistry, biology and physics. It's perfect if you want to pursue a career in the field of science, with roles ranging from laboratory and industrial science, to chemistry and chemical engineering. You could also continue onto higher education, choosing from a wide range of science and healthcare courses such as paramedic science and radiography.
As part of the course you will develop the practical techniques required when working in a laboratory such as: investigating the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, structure and function of various cells & parts of the human body, and the calorific value of different fuels. The main project of the course is choosing a topic of interest to carry out scientific research, setting up an idea, testing it and then reporting the findings at a level suitable for university.
Much of the content is similar to the A Level sciences, assessed through assignments, practical work and exams. Part of the course is taught online therefore improving your IT skills.
You will also be required to arrange and undertake work experience throughout your two years of study. The course is designed to build highly sought out employablity skills such as teamwork, project management and independent research to name a few. The college has links to various local universities and students have the opportunity to participate in workshops in the biomedical science labs at some of these.
What areas will I study?
Key units studied include:
- Principles and application of science I
- Scientific investigation skills
- Scientific techniques
- Laboratory techniques and their application
- Investigative project
- Contemporary issues in science
- Principles and application of science II
Optional units may include:
- Genetics and genetic engineering
- Industrial chemical reactions
- Biomedical science
- Applications of organic chemistry
- Physiology of the human body system
- Electrical circuits and engineering