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Applied Science

Subject Description

Applied Science is not just about developing your understanding of scientific principles; you will improve your transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and in the workplace.

As there is a strong coursework element, you will be able to track your progress and get regular feedback on how to improve whilst consolidating your literacy and numeracy skills.

This qualification also has a large practical focus so it is great for students who prefer and hands on approach to learning.

Future Destinations:

In today’s work place, those with knowledge and skills in Applied Science have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers in the many industries, not just science. The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to subjects which would benefit from some scientific background.


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Exam Board:


Entry Requirements:

Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths,
Grade 4 Science
Grade 5 Science

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

Principles and Applications of Science: Externally assessed

Written examination set and marked by Pearson

You will cover some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics.



Unit Two

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques: Coursework set and marked internally

You will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques such as calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries



Unit Three

Science Investigation Skills: Externally assessed

Two practical based tasks set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

You will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results.




Optional Unit

This will be selected from a range of biology and chemistry units to reflect the needs of the students. Options include Diseases and Infections, Physiology of Human Body Systems and Applications of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry.


Coursework set and marked internally.




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