Five GCSEs between 9-4 (or A*-C), one or two at 6/B with two of English, Maths or Science
Five GCSEs between 9-4 (or A*-C) together with Distinctions in BTEC Level 2 qualifications
OR Seven or eight GCSEs between 9-4 (or A*-C)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science is two year course equivalent to 1 A level. It is suitable for students who are interested in learning about science through a specialised, work-related vocational qualification.
What will I study?
You will cover a broad range of topics and skills from chemistry, biology and physics. There is also a large amount of practical work in this subject which will enable you to develop your laboratory skills and work safely and accurately in a work-based environment.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is a blend of coursework and exam, so this qualification will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessments which will cover a variety of scientific investigations.
This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes for a successful careers in the science and related industries. Whilst many students go onto university to study science-based courses, potential careers destinations include:
·Working in a hospital as a medical technician supporting specialists
·Working as a quality control technician in a laboratory
·Working in a research laboratory on, for example, the development of a new pharmaceutical substance. This could include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, making observations, separating and analysing products
·Working in a forensic sciences laboratory on the analysis of samples
·Working in a biotechnology company carrying out procedures such as fermentation