Science (BTEC)

BTECs have been designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications. They give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that are needed to prepare for employment or to move on to higher education.

This course is for people with a strong interest in Science who wish to follow careers in one of the many areas of Science. This type of course requires you to be well organised and able to work to deadlines; you will be a student who achieves through continuous assessment rather than final exams.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Qualifications Available:
  • Extended Diploma
Compulsory Units – Year 1
  • Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science 1 (Exam)
  • Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Assignments)
  • Unit 3 – Science Investigation skills (External practical assessment)
  • Unit 4 – Laboratory Techniques and their Application (Assignments)
Optional Units – Year 1
  • Unit 17 – Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques (Assignments)
  • Unit 18 – Industrial Chemical Reactions (Assignments)
Compulsory Units – Year 2
  • Unit 5 – Principles and Application of Science II (Exam)
  • Unit 6 – Investigative project (Assignments)
  • Unit 7 – Contemporary issues in Science (External assessment)
Optional Units – Year 2
  • Unit 15 – Electrical circuits and their Application (Assignments)
  •  Unit 9 – Human Regulation and Reproduction (Assignments)
  •  Unit 14 – Application of Organic Chemistry (Assignments)
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

A BTEC develops learners’ skills and understanding of work within a vocational context and offers direct progression on to BTEC Higher National programmes, Foundation Degree Programmes and First Degree Programmes. BTEC Nationals are recognised by higher education institutions and attract UCAS points.

Assessment:                       Awarding Body:

Exam  – 30%                                          Pearson
Coursework – 70%

Key Features:
  • Throughout this course you will be assessed via portfolio/coursework.
  • Completing the Extended Diploma will allow you to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as a science technician or assistant practitioner, or to progress to Science qualifications in Higher Education.
  • You will understand the role of the scientist, their relationship with the scientific community and their responsibilities towards the community and the environment.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

You will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

During this course you will acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding.

What our students say…

“Choosing this course was the right choice for me as I enjoy science but I prefer coursework to exams.”

“I’ve really enjoyed the course as a lot of what we have done applies to the real world of work and I feel prepared for a future career in Science.”