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Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Diploma

“This course is highly valued by employers and higher education providers”

Course Detail

The BTEC National course in Applied Science course covers the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, perceptions of science, scientific investigation and practical techniques. You will also study mathematics, statistics, human physiology, microbiology techniques, genetics and genetic engineering, medical physics techniques, electrical circuits, chemical reactions, chemical periodicity and organic chemistry.

If you decide to study the Extended Diploma course, you may also be able to specialise in Biomedical science, which prepares you for the world of work in the medical industry, or Analytical and Forensic Science which can be your first step towards working within the field of Science, or Criminology.

If you study a BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma course, you are expected to complete all the work required for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate by the end of Year 12.

  • The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-level.
  • The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.
  • The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

*We offer BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate, National Diploma and National Extended Diploma in Applied Science. We also offer the option of studying Forensic Science.

How will I be assessed?

This course has both internally and externally assessed components.

Internally assessed units require students to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment, procedures and techniques.

These requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed though presentations, practical tasks and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions. The number of assignments that need to be completed varies depending on the number of A-Levels the course is equivalent to.

Externally assessed units vary depending on whether studying the Extended Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma course. However, all external assessment involves written examinations in scientific investigations, physics, biology and chemistry units.

If you opt to study the Diploma and Extended Diploma course, you are expected to complete all the work required for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate by the end of Year 12.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • Grades 4-4 in GCSE Combined Science for the Extended Certificate, otherwise grades 5-4
  • GCSE Maths: 4
  • GCSE English: 4

These requirements are in addition to the general entry requirements.

Where can this course take me?

The Applied Science BTEC is highly valued by employers and higher education providers. You can progress on to a wide range of degree programs at university. Possible degrees include foundation medicine, biology, zoology, nursing, pharmacy and chemistry. Alternatively you could progress directly into a career within the scientific industry as a technician.