Applied Science



Qualification Type

BTEC Extended Certificate

Additional Entry Requirements

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


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

Opportunities for Work Related Activities

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

Course Overview

Year 1

Year 1 Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is equivalent to one A Level. There are 4 units of study of which 3 are mandatory (83%) and 2 are externally assessed (58%).

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Year 2

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
Final unit: Choice of one of the following units;
Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 9: Human Regulation and Reproduction
Unit 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
Unit 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Unit 12: Diseases and Infections
Unit 13: Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 14: Applications of Organic Chemistry
Unit 15: Electrical Circuits and their Application


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