Applied Science BTEC

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is for students seeking an A-level standard science qualification who are interested in learning about the applied science sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses. Over 95% of universities (including Russell Group) and a wide range of employers value BTEC qualifications. This two-year course leads to a qualification equivalent in weight to one A Level. It consists of four units, two of which are externally assessed (exams), and two internally assessed (coursework).

Students will study across all three sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics covering topics including: how the structure, bonding, and properties of substances relate to their uses; structure and function of cells and the tissue they make up; the energy content of fuels; movement and behaviour of molecules including enzymes; electrical circuits; electromagnetic waves and communication; various practical techniques and uses of scientific instruments; amongst many other fascinating areas of cutting edge science.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Eight or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 including a minimum 5/5 in GCSE Combined Science or 5/5/4 in Triple Science.
Applicants must have a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics, and grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Skills Gained

  • Plan, carry out, analyse, and evaluate scientific investigations
  • Critically evaluate evidence from scientific sources
  • Apply mathematical and problem-solving skills to scientific context
  • View the world with a sceptical eye
  • Use technical skills and language to explain complex ideas

Potential Careers

A qualification in Applied Science can lead to many degree level science courses* including:

  • Psychology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Biological or Biomedical sciences
  • Healthcare professions (for example nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, but not Medicine or Dentistry)
  • Food science and more.

*when combined with appropriate A-level subjects.