Btec Applied Science Coursework

 
  1. Hi, i have studied 3 A levels Biology, Psychology and english and i didnt do too bad but not that great enough to get into a good uni. So, ive been given an option of taking this btec so it opens up courses and they have said they will consider me if i get a distinction. How hard is it to get a distinction in this course ? What do you exactly do for the coursework pieces and how can you ensure you get distinctions? Keep in mind i have studied AS chemistry and only passed lol, and carried on A2 biology and did okay. How hard is it compared to those? How is the coursework marked like what do you do? Also, are there any websites to help me with the coursework pieces? Thankyou.

  2. Hey I did the extended diploma in applied science and I got D*D*D* and I am now studying biomedical sciences. I will answer your question in parts.

    1. How hard is it to get a distinction: You have to keep in mind that since it is a level 3 it is up to A level standard. When it comes to difficulty, there are a variety of different factors that you need to take into account. Firstly and in my opinion the most important is time management. If you manage your time well and do the assignments as soon as you get them you will be in a good position but if you don't you will struggle and will find it hard to finish work on time. keep in mind that meeting deadlines is essential. The work itself, like I said, is A level standard. For most of the assignments you have to show your understanding of the topic and have to do a lot of online research and look into text books. For you, since you have done A levels in sciences, you will be in a better position since you will have advanced knowledge.

    2. What do you exactly do for the coursework pieces and how can you ensure you get distinctions? For assignments it can vary depending on whether you re doing biology, chemistry of physics. A pass can be something as simple as doing an experiment. The assignments can be something like: Explain how the cardiovascular system and respiratory system are interrelated. Something along those lines. It can also be about writing up an experiment that you carried out, explaining your results, making a graph, conclusion etc. For me personally, I got a check list from my teacher which said what I needed to do to get a pass, merit and distinction and I used that checklist to make sure that I included everything in my assignments and didn't miss anything out and made it as detailed as possible.

    3. How hard is it compared to those? The way I like to think of it is that bfec students are under pressure throughout the year as they have to meet deadlines and attend classes for experiments etc. When it comes to the difficulty of the content, it can really depend, especially for you who has done A levels. We cover some topics, such as the renal system and reproduction, that A level students don't (or the might, Im not sure). The good thing is that for course work you don't have to do it in exam conditions. You can use text books, journals, the internet etc for your research to get all the information you need.

    4. How is the coursework marked like what do you do? The coursework is marked by your teachers. They will give you a deadline and will expect you to turn your assignments in, either online though turnitin (to check for plagiarism) or a paper copy. They will then give it back to you once they have marked it for correction and will tell you whether you got the pass, merit or distinction and what you did wrong, what was irrelevant etc, you will then have the chance to resubmit the work with corrections. However, don't take my word on that, I did the course last year and they still accepted re-submissions - just double check and make sure that they still do. Sometime in the year the board will ask for random samples. This is done just to check that the marks that the teachers are giving are correct and that they are not being too harsh or lenient etc.

    5. are there any websites to help me with the coursework pieces? There aren't any specific websites you can use. You can use pretty much anything you, even bitesize, to get the information that you need. Just make sure that it is a reliable source and not wikipedia or anything lol. There is a level 3 applied science text book you can use but I would speak to your teacher about that to see what they recommend. For me personally, I used everything, websites, books, journals etc.

    I hope this helped if you have more questions then let me now or pm me.
    (Original post by JayraWilliams)
    Hi, i have studied 3 A levels Biology, Psychology and english and i didnt do too bad but not that great enough to get into a good uni. So, ive been given an option of taking this btec so it opens up courses and they have said they will consider me if i get a distinction. How hard is it to get a distinction in this course ? What do you exactly do for the coursework pieces and how can you ensure you get distinctions? Keep in mind i have studied AS chemistry and only passed lol, and carried on A2 biology and did okay. How hard is it compared to those? How is the coursework marked like what do you do? Also, are there any websites to help me with the coursework pieces? Thankyou.


Exam Board

Edexcel

Course Details

We will offer: Subsidiary Diploma (1 – A level equivalent) and Diploma (2—A level equivalent)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)
This course is equivalent in size to an A level, and has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum within a broader programme of study. The Subsidiary Diploma allows time in the curriculum to study other qualifications alongside it, such as A levels, e.g. Science, Psychology, or another BTEC Level 3, e.g. Sport, Health and Social Care or IT.

Units covered;
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Science
Unit 2 – Working in the Science Industry
Unit 4 – Scientific Practical Techniques
Unit 11 – Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 13 – Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
Unit 18 – Genetics and Genetic Engineering

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)
This course is equivalent in size to two A levels providing extensive opportunity to study a range of scientific areas. The Diploma allows time in the curriculum to study other qualifications alongside it, such as A levels, e.g. Science, Psychology, or another BTEC Level 3, e.g. Sport, Health and Social Care, or IT.

Units covered;
Unit 3— Scientific Investigations
Unit 5—Perceptions of Science
Unit 6—Using Mathematical Tools in Science
Unit 8 –Using Statistics in Science
Unit 21 – Biomedical Science Techniques
Unit 15 – Microbiological Techniques
Unit 20—Medical Physics

Method of assessment for Level 3 BTEC Applied Science

100% coursework task

Departmental Enrichment

The department offers lunchtime exam clinics and support for developing and improving your course work portfolio.

We are a very approachable department.

We want and expect you to achieve very high marks and therefore we offer you every support and help to make sure that you achieve your maximum potential.

You can succeed and be very successful on this course.

 

The Applied Science Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

The department uses a specialist laboratory that is equipped to the highest standards. In addition there are two dedicated computer rooms for completion of coursework and an open access computer area adjacent to the laboratories.

 

The Applied Science teaching staff:

  • Sarah Thackray: Subject contact Applied Science BTEC
  • David Pickering: Subject contact Applied Science A Level
  • Rachel Hitchenor: Head of Faculty

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