Course Title BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science
Level: 2
Code Y112

Overview of the Course

This course will be of interest to you if you’ve enjoyed science at school. It allows you to develop many of the skills necessary for a career in science and builds on the work carried out at GCSE. Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Applied Science course, you can gain entry onto a Level 3 course, where you will gain a Level 3 qualification, which would help you to progress onto higher education or an apprenticeship. This can be, but not limited to, a Science Level 3 qualification.

What are the career opportunities?

The aim of the course is to provide you with a progression route onto a Level 3 qualification, whereby you can progress into higher education or higher apprenticeships. The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a Level 2 BTEC in Applied Science will aid progression to further study and prepare you to enter the workplace in due course. In the science sector, typical employment opportunities may include working as a technician or a laboratory assistant.

What are the entry requirements?

To gain entry onto Level 2 Applied Science, you must have four or more GCSEs including Core and Additional Science or two separate sciences at grade A*-D (9-3) including GCSEs maths and English at grade 9-3 (A*-D).

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course is a full-time one year course, starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course allows you to study science by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course is made up of 12 units; ten are internally assessed and two are externally assessed. Units include: Principles of Science, Scientific Skills, Biology and our Environment, Health Applications of Life Science, The Living Body, Chemistry and our Earth, Applications of Chemical Substances, Energy and our Universe, Applications of Physical Science. There will also be one additional unit from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each unit is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

In order to be successful in a science related career, you must be skilled in multiple areas. You must be able to communicate effectively and enjoy working as part of a team. Depending upon the vocation you choose to pursue, you must be able to work in a range of environments. Your problem solving skills must be effective, as well as your ability to work to strict instructions, methods and schedules. You need to have experience using various computing tools to display and present data in various formats. As assignments are set in a vocational context, you will also improve your business awareness and customer awareness skills. English and communication skills are very important. You need to be able to listen carefully to follow instructions in a lab environment, so that methods and procedures are carried out correctly. You may need to present findings and results to large groups of people, so effective and open communication is vital. Often, experiments carried out must be written up as a lab report, in a clear manner, so that they are easily followed by other scientists. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a key feature of working in the science industry. You will need to be able to accurately calculate dilutions, volumes, concentrations, rates and percentages.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a work experience placement during your time at Bury College. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Applied Science students have recently had successful work experience placements in the following areas: Radiography, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Animal Care, Civil Engineering, Education and Nursery Care.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression into employment, apprenticeships or higher education. Enrichment has included ‘HeartStart’ and ‘FastBleep’ training, in which current junior doctors trained students in first aid and medical techniques, as well as gave guidance on applying to medical courses at university. There are various guest lectures throughout the year, where guest speakers come into the college to discuss progression and career options. There may also be course related study visits and careers events to advise students on progression.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be possible coursework study visits, dependent upon the optional units being studied.

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