The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Applied Sciences are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the Applied Sciences sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in Applied Sciences or related fields. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the Applied Sciences sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Applied Sciences give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training in Applied Sciences related fields.
The objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Applied Sciences are as follows:
You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework, which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, individual and group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials.
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning will be provided via a blended delivery model, offering class-based lectures and tutorials, including laboratory, workshop and field-based practical activities and online delivery.
When not attending lectures or seminars, you will also be expected to study through independent learning. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, such as reading books and journal articles, preparing assignments and presentations, working on individual and group projects.
During one term, you will typically be attending three modules of 15 credits each. A taught 15 credit module consists of approximately 10 hours of lecture content, 20 hours of seminar content and assessment practice. On top of this, you will be expected to spend around 10 to 15 hours per week on independent learning and completing assessments.
You will have access to a variety of materials to support you in your learning, such as books, journals, lecture notes and a wide range of e-resources.
You will be expected to have at least one of the following:
● a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Sciences (or a related subject)
● a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
● other related Level 3 qualifications
● an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
● related work experience
● an international equivalent of the above.
Plus you will usually have five GCSE subjects including Maths and English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above. We will normally accept Key Skills and Higher Diploma qualifications as the equivalent to GCSEs.
Higher National Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification offering to graduates career progression and professional development in biological sciences fields as well as progression onto further study, e.g. a Bachelor degree.
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