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BTEC National Certificate in Science (Laboratory and Industrial Science) Why choose this subject? This is a two year course that is equivalent to two A levels. You will work on assignments that involve in-depth research into many aspects of science practice and develop presentation skills. This is a good choice if you prefer coursework approaches. Entry requirements: National Certificate in Science; or 5 A*-C grades at GCSE which includes C or above at GCSE Science and ideally a C grade in English. Essential if you go on to: A degree in Science based subjects at University, Nursing, Teaching, the world of Scientific Work.

Course Description To achieve a level 3 certificate 12 internally assessed coursework units must be completed. Six of the units and core units, the rest are optional units – these are dedicated by negotiation between staff and students during the first year of the course. The work of each unit must be completed by the deadline date set by the assessor. Expectations and advice: The course is quite demanding and you are expected to be industrious and well organised throughout. You will need to make good use of your diary to record homework set, deadlines dates and research work to do during private study lessons. You are expected to do at least ten hours of private study each week, perhaps more at certain times. It is important that you keep up to date with your work. Your progress will be discussed at regular review meetings with your teachers where you will be given advice on study skills abs organising your time. You are encouraged to discuss your work and ideas with other students although all assessed work must be done by you alone. Assessors will not be able to grade copied work or plagiarised work. Core Units Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science Unit 2 Working in the Science Industry Unit 3 Scientific Investigation Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques Unit 5 Perceptions of Science Unit 6 Application of Numbers for Science Technicians Optional Units (select 7,8, 9 & 6 others) Unit 7 Mathematics for Science Technicians Unit 8 Statistics for Science Technicians Unit 9 Informatics Unit 10 Using Science in the Workplace Unit 11 Physiology of Human Body Systems Unit 12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction Unit 13 Biochemical Techniques Unit 14 Energy Changes, Sources and Applications Unit 15 Microbiological Techniques Unit 16 Chemistry for Biology Technicians Unit 17 Electrical Circuits and their Industrial Applications Unit 18 Genetics and Genetics Engineering Unit 19 Practical Chemical Analysis Unit 20 Medical Physics Techniques Unit 21 Chemical Laboratory Techniques Unit 22 Science for Environmental Technicians Unit 23 Principles of Plant and Soil Science Unit 24 Electronics for Science Technicians Unit 25 Industrial Applications of Chemical Reactions Unit 26 Chemical Periodicity and its Applications Unit 27 Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry

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