Applied Science

BTEC Extended Certificate


Year 1

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science

This unit is assessed by three 40-minute exams: one for Biology, one for Chemistry and one for Physics. The content of the exams builds upon and extends the content that students have learnt at GCSE.

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

This is a practical unit which is assessed by three scientific reports relating to experiments and a reflection about the new skills the students acquire. The practical activities include titrations, colorimetry, constructing cooling curves and chromatography.

Year 2

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

Within this unit, students will carry out a range of different experiments, improve their effective laboratory practice and learn how to successfully analyse and draw conclusions from data. This unit is assessed by means of an exam about one specific experiment which they carry out.

Unit 12: Diseases and Infections

This unit is comprised of four assignments which are based on content learnt in class and from independent research. The content of the assignments feature pathology, spread of disease, pharmacology and the immune system.


As a student of Applied Science, you will be able to explore a varied and diverse curriculum across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You will consider the science you are learning from the viewpoint of how it is important to the scientific industry.


With a track record built over 30 years of learner success, BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3.


Nursing; animal care; science technician; sports sciences; food safety; radiography assistant; forensic scientist.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in Science GCSE or BTEC level 2 merit. Maths and English to grade 4.


External assessment (58%)
Internal assessment (42%)

Opportunities for work related activities

Visit to Bristol University science labs; guest speakers in microbiology and neuroscience.