What is the course about?
This course is for students interested in either working in the science/medical field or wishing to progress to higher education. It is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels and allows excellent  progression to a wide range of science degree. We have chosen the “Medical Science” pathway and this means it is suitable for students wishing to concentrate on Biology/Chemistry but not Physics/Engineering. The course consists of 19 units making up a total of 180 credits which are spread evenly across the two years. The units cover the basic principles and applications of biology and chemistry together with a little physics, maths and statistics. All units are assessed by assignments which are marked internally. The overall grading is based on Distinction, Merit and Pass and for university entrance these are equivalent to grades A, C and E respectively.

Exam board: Edexcel / Pearsons.

Duration of course: 2 years.

What units/topics will be studied?
The units covered in year 1 are:
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Science
Unit 2 – Working in the Science Industry
Unit 3 – Scientific Investigations
Unit 4 – Scientific Practical Techniques
Unit 6 – Using Mathematical Tools in Science
Unit 8 – Using Statistics in Science
Unit 11 – Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 13 – Biochemistry & Biochemical Techniques
Unit 14 – Energy Changes, Sources & Applications
Unit 19 – Practical Chemical Analysis


What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject? 
All the resources you will need can be found here: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/nationals10/appsci/Pages/default.aspx
The course textbook is: BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science Student Book Paperback (2010) by Frances Annets.

Where can this lead me?
Students who complete the course successfully can enter higher education or employment.
Past students have gone on to study biomedical science, biochemistry, pharmaceutical science, microbiology, food nutrition, nursing and radiography.

What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?
Disneyland Paris Lectures
We have our newly developed Ecology garden where we will need a team to help maintain it over the year. We offer the ‘LSC Biohackers club’. Throughout the year we have out SUIT (Science University and Industry Talks) guest speakers to talk about various careers in Science.
We also run a competition where you can win a prize for reviewing a Biology themed book.

Entry Requirements

5A*- C,

CC – Science,

C/5  – English,

C/5  - Maths

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