How will I be taught?
Combination of classroom teaching, practical assignments, and group work.
Each member of the teaching team has a specialism in the content they deliver. The team is made up of an electronics tutor, a mathematics specialist, a technology teacher, and two physicists. Our workshop instructor has a wealth of industry experience from his time at Springfield Nuclear Fuels, near Preston.
What skills will I develop?
Apart from applied science sector-specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean students develop transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. For example, carrying out practical laboratory tasks, planning investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data, and reviewing and refining the methodology of practical and laboratory-based work.
You will also develop other transferable skills such as:
- Working as part of a team – this is used extensively in science since many heads are better than one. Larger tasks can be split into smaller tasks mirroring the way you would work in industry.
- Problem-solving – you will be set several tasks that require you to analyse the question, and find out what you need to do and who you need to consult in order to solve the problem.
- Research skills – you will be expected to research a wide variety of sources including the internet, books and scientific journal articles.
- Organisational skills – a key part of BTEC studies is meeting deadlines and organising your work – as would be expected when working in the sector.
- IT skills – it is crucial that you are able to use IT skills to complete and organise your work. You will be supported and helped throughout your course to develop these skills.