Science (Applied) Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Diploma)
Are you interested in a career in the science? This qualification gives you a good grounding in aspects of many sciences it opens up many opportunities in Higher Education and future careers. The units of the course are interesting and varied and consist of a combination of practical and assignment work. All assignment work is set within a vocational context with realistic scenarios. This should equip you with the necessary practical techniques and research skills needed for a degree course in science.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade A*C/9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and two Grade Cs in GCSE Science i.e. Core Science and Additional Science at double Grade C or two Grade Cs from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
In the first year there are seven mandatory units where you will study aspects of physics, chemistry and biology. You will explore areas of scientific procedures, practices, investigation as well as contemporary issues in science. Two of the units will be assessed in the form of a written test marked externally. Two units will be assessed in the form of a set task which will be marked externally and a further three units will be assessed by internally set assignments.
The following units will be studied in the first year:
Principles and applications of science (I); Practical scientific procedures and techniques; Science investigation skills; Laboratory techniques and their applications; Principles and applications of science( II); Investigative project; Contemporary issues in science.
In the second year you will study six optional units which will be assessed in the form of internally set assignments. Usually two units from each area of science will be offered. These assignments will be from the following units:
Physiology of human body systems; Physiology of regulation & reproduction; Biological molecules and metabolic pathways; Genetics & genetic engineering; Applications of organic chemistry; Practical chemical analysis; Industrial chemical analysis; Electrical circuits and their applications, Medical physics applications; Material science.
Guest speakers visit from the medical microbiology department of the Royal Bolton Hospital. Students visit the Raikes Lane thermal recycling centre and attend Christmas physics lectures at Manchester University.
Future Career Opportunities
Our students go to university to study optometry, pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, radiography, audiology, podiatry, dental technology , nursing, biomedical science, forensic science, forensic chemistry, operating theatre studies, nutritional science, neuroscience, petroleum engineering, engineering and other courses
Why Study at BSFC?
We have up-to-date facilities in the science laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment for practical investigations. Lessons are varied and interesting and there is a good combination of theory, practical and assignment work. Scenarios set the scene for assignment work and are vocational in context.