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: Pearson
Entry Requirements: Eight or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 including a minimum grade 5 in GCSE Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, or 5.5 in GCSE Combined Science; grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics; and grade 5 in GCSE English.
- 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
A qualification in Applied Science can lead to many degree level science courses* including:
- 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.