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BTEC Applied Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Applied Science (Extended Certificate)

What is the course about?


The course is equivalent to one ‘A’ level and carries UCAS points that contribute to meeting requirements for many HE courses.

This course will appeal to students who have an interest in the vocational applications of Science.


Students study four Units in total, three of which are compulsory:


Unit 1 ‘Principles and Applications of Science 1’ which introduces you to core science concepts and skills used by workers in the science industry.

This introduces students to higher understanding of the principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and some of the different jobs a scientist may do. This Unit is assessed externally by a 1.5 hour exam.


Unit 2 ‘Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques’. This is a practical based Unit in which you will carry out a number of practical assignments to develop your scientific lab skills. This Unit is assessed internally by your teachers.


Unit 3 ‘Science Investigation Skills’. In this Unit you will develop the essential skills required to carry out practical scientific investigations. This covers the different elements of a scientific investigation as well as drawing on skills developed in Unit 1 and Unit 2. This Unit is assessed by a task set by the exam board in which you will carry out and analyse a practical investigation under exam conditions.


The fourth Unit is chosen from a list of Optional Units. It is expected that the class will all do the same Unit. They include Human Physiology, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Applications of Chemistry, Applications of Electrical Circuits, Astronomy and others. This Unit will consist of assignments that are set and marked internally by your teachers.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 has an exam (1.5 hours). Unit 2 is internally assessed. Unit 3 has an externally set practical and analysis task. The Optional Unit is internally assessed.


How will this course help me in the future?

This course is an ideal preparation for candidates interested in a career in science, including science technician work in industry or hospitals, or further studies in science at university.