This BTEC covers a wide range of science topics in depth. The BTEC qualification is designed for students who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education or to employment, possibly in the applied science sector. This is a vocational course, and the focus is split equally between learning content and carrying out practical tasks. The BTEC course gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment in the science sector. In the final unit of this course, biology specific content such as the physiology of human body systems will be covered, and it will be assessed by traditional BTEC assignments which are assessed by teachers.
The course covers four units, of which three are mandatory. These are Principles and Applications of Science, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques and Science Investigation Skills. The fourth unit will be a biology specific unit. The content covered in the mandatory units is similar to that of A Level biology, chemistry and physics, covering a wide range of topics. As a result approximately 50% of this course is on physics and chemistry content.
Two units are assessed by external examinations, and the remaining two are assessed by teacher assessed assignments.
4-5 in Science or at least one separate science at grade 5 plus a 5 in English.
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses that may overlap with Biology such as Sports Science or Child Development. This course supports progression onto some Higher Education courses in science related subjects or more general Higher Education courses. Many students who study through the BTEC route consider a career in research science, or as technicians in industry. However, with the relevant work experience candidates could progress onto careers in management, teaching or higher level research.