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BTEC First (Level 2) qualifications are nationally recognised vocational awards that will provide you with a solid foundation in chemistry, physics and biology.
The BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate & Diploma are practical, work-related courses. You will learn and be assessed by completing assignments and projects that are based on work situations, activities and demands. The units involve a considerable amount of practical work so you will develop confidence in carrying out laboratory techniques. You will also learn about employment opportunities that are available.
BTEC Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to GCSEs and provide a springboard to employment or further study. The Extended Certificate is made up of 3 mandatory half units :
- Chemistry and Our Earth
- Energy and Our Universe
- Biology and Our Environment
To gain the level of knowledge about chemistry, physics and biology needed for further study, the following 3 optional half units are studied:
- Applications of Chemical Substances
- Applications of Physical Science
- Health Applications of Life
The Diploma requires you to study an additional three optional units, chosen to reflect the interests and career plans of the majority of students. Possible options include:
- Practical Scientific Project
- Science and the World of Work
- Working in a Science-Based Organisation
- The Living Body
- Monitoring the Environment
- Growing Plants for Food
- Investigating a Crime Science
- Science in Medicine
- Using Mathematical Tools in Science
- Designing and Making Useful Devices in Science
- Chemical Analysis and Detection
This is a Study Programme for students aged 16-18 students. Mature learners will be redirected to the Pre-Access Science course which is based on the same qualification.
3 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above (must be Science, Maths and English) or a relevant Level 1 qualification with maths and English at Grade 3/D or above.
Satisfactory interview, assessment, school report and/or satisfactory reference.
If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.
BTEC students are assessed through assignments and projects. Many of the assignments are based on practical activities.
You will be supported by staff who genuinely care about your success. We will provide support and encouragement in order for you to succeed. You will have a personal tutor who will offer guidance and counselling as necessary.
Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:
- A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
- Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
- English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C in English and maths (or Grade 4 or above)
- Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips
BTEC Level 2 Diplomas are valued by employers and further education and so successful completion of the course can offer:
Entry into, or development within, laboratory, technical and scientific employment;
Progression to intermediate or advanced laboratory apprenticeships;
Progress on to other full time courses such as BTEC Level 3 Applied Science courses.
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Starting 1st September 2020 - Ending - 24th June 2021
If you are aged 16-18:
This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.
If you are aged 19 or over:
Fee : £1075.00
This course is FREE if you are aged 19+ and are unemployed/in receipt of eligible benefits, or in work earning less than £18,135 annual gross salary. If you are aged 19-23 and have not already achieved a full level 2 qualification this course is FREE. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.
The fee quoted is for the academic year 2020-21.
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