If you want to study or work in science and get practical experience and knowledge of working in a laboratory, then this course is perfect for you! You should have a positive attitude, an enquiring mind and good time management skills to be able to work to coursework targets and deadlines.
It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, technical and employability skills to help you find employment in the applied science sector or to give you entry to a wide range of university courses. Practical work will cover a variety of scientific and medical science techniques.
There will be a variety of course enrichment activities such as visits to hospital analytical laboratories and the opportunity to do work experience. You will also be expected to participate in our Wednesday afternoon enrichment program which covers a range of activities from electronics to science-art courses.
The course is based at Peaks Campus which is a smaller and friendly environment where there is a lot of support from staff. We have our own dedicated BTEC Laboratory which is very modern, fully equipped for practicals as well as having a suit of computers for use during lessons. Our results have improved every year since we started the course and we expect this trend to continue. We have a team of experienced BTEC staff who work extremely hard to continue to improve the delivery of the course.
5 GCSEs at A* - C (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language, Maths and Double Science
The assessment is based on coursework through assignments, practical reports of investigations carried out in the laboratory and some exams (exams will comprise approximately 20% of the total assessment only).
BTEC level 3 qualifications are highly valued by employers and higher education institutions and will prepare you for a career in many science-based industries and organisations.
If you decide to go to university/higher education you could take a degree in a subject such as biology, biomedical science, chemistry, food science, forensic science or physics. With appropriate work experience you could also apply for health related degrees such as nursing or radiography/radiotherapy or other degrees such as primary teaching.
If you want to go into employment straight after this course you could look for work in areas such as a hospital laboratory, research laboratory, a laboratory in a school or college or a quality control laboratory.