Science (National Diploma) A Level

About the Course

A levels need not be the only education route that leads to university or a successful career. A BTEC course offers applied learning related to work-related qualifications, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university. They provide a more practical real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. The focus of the qualification is to provide students with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as Microbiology, diseases and infections and physiology of human body systems. BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible unit based structure and knowledge applied in project based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and Higher Education.

Exam Board

The National Diploma is under the suite of Pearson qualifications.

Requirements

Level 4 in English and Mathematics and four other A*-C qualifications.

Course Content

Over the two years students will study eight units including laboratory techniques and their applications, practical scientific procedures and techniques and an investigative project. Four out of the eight units are internally assessed at school by completing written and practical tasks; the other four are externally assessed by Edexcel/Pearson and take the form of two written examinations and one practical examination and a synoptic paper.

Your Future

Students will be well prepared for careers in a range of Science and Health Care settings. The course is also supported by a large stakeholder recognition which includes universities such as Harper Adams University, Kingston University, University College Birmingham, University of East Anglia, University of Huddersfield, University of Manchester and University of the West of England. Courses that are on offer include degrees in Sports Therapy, Biological Sciences, Nursing and Psychology, Medical Genetics, Animal Science, Forensic Science, Radiotherapy and Oncology. This course also provides transferable skills enabling progression into wider career sectors.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Miss L Shipman
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