What is the subject about? BTEC Applied Science covers the fundamental scientific principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and how they are applied to modern industrial practices and research techniques. You will not only gain a solid grounding in scientific theories and concepts but also develop the practical, investigative skills that underpin this sector.
This includes: how cells are designed to fulfil a particular function within the body and to build tissues and organ systems; atomic structure and the application of structure and bonding in science; waves, their uses and importance within the modern technological age; the physiology of the musculoskeletal system and disorders associated with it. In this course you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental biological, chemical and physical concepts, as well as the practical application of these in the scientific workplace.
How is the course structured? You will study 4 units over the space of 2 years. Unit 1 and 3 are the externally examined and assessed units and will be undertaken in the first year. Units 2 and 8 are coursework based and will be completed in the second year. The course is taught by two teachers, each teaching 2 hours per week, each setting an additional 2 hours of guided study time in which you should be completing your assignments and other tasks set.
The units are as follows:
Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science
Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques