Both BTEC First Awards in Applied Science, and the BTEC First Extended Certificate in Applied Science, have now been accredited by Ofqual.
The structure of the new BTEC Firsts in Applied Science is designed to reflect the unique nature of science learning - in particular, the fact that content must span three disciplines (physics, chemistry and biology) rather than just one.
To ensure sufficient breadth and depth, instead of a single 120-GLH (guided learning hours) Award, Applied Science has two 120-GLH Awards:
- Principles of Applied Science Award (120 GLH)
- Application of Science Award (120 GLH)
The Principles of Applied Science Award delivers the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study by covering the key scientific principles vital for both scientists and citizens of the future. It develops and exemplifies these principles in applied and vocational contexts, leading to an understanding of how the principles are applied in practice.
The Application of Science Award is suitable for students who have covered the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study. It develops students' understanding of key applications of science, and builds the skills required both for the scientific workplace and for further study.
This unique structure for Applied Science mirrors the structure for Edexcel GCSE. The benefits for teachers and learners include:
- Ensures breadth of science learning
- Provides a straightforward structure for teachers to timetable and deliver
- Maximises progression opportunities for learners into employment or further learning both within and outside the field of science.
Both the Principles of Applied Science award and the Application of Science award will count in the 2014 five A* to C headline measures as equivalent to one GCSE each for one student. They will not discount each other. However, the five A* to C measure would then need to be completed for that student with academic qualifications, such as Edexcel GCSE. No further vocational qualifications could count for that student. Find out more here.
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