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Applied Science


BTEC (Level 3) Extended Certificate (Single Award)

This course develops students’ scientific skills, knowledge and understanding and stretches them to apply these to a scientific setting. It will hone students’ cognitive and problem-solving skills, along with improving their ability to communicate effectively. The self-management and resilience required for this course will provide an excellent basis to enter higher education or employment. This challenging course covers in-depth aspects in biology, chemistry and physics. The variety of topics range from detailed cell structure to periodicity and properties of elements, as well as the use of waves in communication. Students will explore a range of practical chemistry techniques and deduce conclusions and evaluations from results they have independently produced.





Course Outlines

Entry Requirements

BTEC (Level 3) Extended Certificate (Single Award)

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics, with Grade 4, 4 in GCSE Combined Science.



Single Award:

Unit 1 – Externally assessed examination – 25%

Unit 2 – Internally assessed coursework – 25%

Unit 3 – Externally assessed examination – 33%

Unit 8 – Internally assessed coursework – 17%



Course Units


Principles and Applications of Science

Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.

Unit 3 – Science Investigative Skills, 1 Unit – internally assessed portfolio.

Unit 8 – Phycology of Human Body systems




Physiology of human body systems
Genetics and genetic engineering

Applications of organic chemistry
Forensic evidence, collection and analysis

Materials science
Astronomy and space science

Future Opportunities

This qualification carries UCAS points and can therefore be used alongside a range of both A Level and BTEC subjects. For example, taken alongside A Level in psychology and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in sport to progress to sport psychology courses. It can also be used alongside the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in health and social care to progress to nursing courses.


Further Information

This course combines well for those students studying linear courses, as 40% is internally assessed portfolio and 60% examination exams are taken in January of Year 12 and Year 13 to reduce the exam demand at the end of Year 13.