Science BTEC National Diploma

Pendleton Sixth Form College

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  • BTEC
  • Salford
Description

This is a two year course which prepares you for a career in a science related job. The course is designed with an emphasis on how science is used in people's jobs. You will explore the range of opportunities available and get all the skills you need to work in the laboratory and research environment.

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Government funding available

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Where and when

Starts Location
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Salford
Dronfield Road, M6 7FR, Greater Manchester, England
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Course programme

SCIENCE (BTEC National Diploma)

Why should I come to Pendleton College?
This is a two year course which prepares you for a career in a science related job. The course is designed with an emphasis on how science is used in people's jobs. You will explore the range of opportunities available and get all the skills you need to work in the laboratory and research environment.

What will I study?
The course is made up of 18 units in total. This consists of 6 core units and then 12 units we have selected from an optional list: The Core Units: Fundamentals of Science - looks at some of the basic theories for example cells, the atom and energy, and electricity. Practical Techniques - you will look at methods used to prepare chemicals, sampling techniques, and analytical techniques used in quality control. Scientific Investigation - we will work through the standard methods used by scientists to plan, carry out, and present the findings of their work. Perceptions of Science- Science is rarely out of the media. This unit explores how it is represented and gives you the opportunity to explore ethical issues in Science, some of which you may choose yourself. Working in the Science Industry - An opportunity to investigate the operation and organisation of companies who use science in their work. Application of Number - a unit to ensure you can carry out all of the calculations you would use in a laboratory. The Additional Units:
  • Biology related - There are four units related to Biology. These look at the functioning of the human body as well as genetics and genetic engineering. We will also grow microorganisms and look at how we fight infection.
  • Chemistry related - There are four units which concentrate mainly on practical techniques. You will carry out reactions commonly used in analytical laboratories and to produce compounds in industry.
  • Physics related - Physics is used extensively in medicine and there is a unit examining how. You will also look at electrical circuits and electronics and their use in industry.


What will I achieve?
At the end of this two year course you will achieve a BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science. This qualification is in demand by lots of companies looking for able technicians to work in their laboratories. You can also continue your studies at university. As long as you are leaving with a merit or distinction there are a vast array of degree programmes which you can follow. If you choose to continue studying, Salford University are working closely with us to make sure you can access all of their degree programmes.

How is the course assessed?


What else will I do?
Students can visit university and science-related companies to gain hands-on experience.

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