Applied Science (BTEC) Level 3 Extended Certificate


Examination Board: BTEC National


Who should take the course? 


These qualifications have been developed for candidates who wish build on your previous studies of science by widening your knowledge of the scientific investigation and practical techniques; working as an individual and in small groups on research projects. Taking this course will help you to develop the numeracy skills required in a scientific setting, find out about working in the science industry and examine perceptions of science in the wider community.


Applied Science is also an excellent preparation for a number of careers since the successful study of Applied Science develops the key scientific skills of numeracy and communication, then discovering how these skills are applied in the science industry.


Applied Science is a good course to study alongside other BTEC courses or A levels to provide a wide range of skills and knowledge that will adequately prepare you for higher education.


What is the course about? 


The content of the Applied Science specification has been carefully designed to continue to develop your scientific skills enabling you to progress into either higher education or employment in the science field. 


The course allows you to experience how the skills you are taught in the classroom can be applied to the work place, through visits to industrial or scientific settings and coursework that encourages you to consider the impacts of your work in the laboratory on the wider world. 


The optional content of the course can be adapted to suit the needs of the cohort, helping you to gain the qualifications that are required for future employment or education. 


How is it assessed?


Applied science is assessed through both coursework (42%) and externally assessed exams (58%). 


The work completed for the coursework element will help to prepare you for the externally examined sections. 


Where will it take me?


Qualification in Applied Science can lead to a career in a range of fields including forensic, medical, laboratory or industrial science depending on the specialist units taught. 


The course also provides progression into higher education courses such as forensic chemistry, biological sciences or audiology.