BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science – Level 3

Course Overview

Applied Science is an ideal course if you are aiming for a broad range of science-related careers, such as laboratory work, forensic analysis, nursing, primary teaching or simply wish to study science to complement other A Level subjects.

This course allows you to study how science is applied in many different types of professions and industries. The focus of the course is scientific usage, concentrating on how scientists and others use science in their work.


You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment in the science sector, including essential employability skills, and the opportunity to apply them in context.

This is a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate which is the equivalent to one A level.

5 GCSE grades 9 to 4. Minimum grade 5 in Science or Merit in BTEC Applied Science and 5 in Maths.

This qualification provides a route into a variety of applied science and science-related Higher Education courses, when taken alongside A Levels appropriate for the desired course of study.

Courses at university include: biomedical sciences, forensic science and environmental sciences.

Careers range from healthcare opportunities through to employment in conservation and environmental projects or roles such as engineers, technicians and research scientists.

Mandatory units for the extended certificate are:

  • Principles and Applications of Science 1
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation skills

In addition for the national diploma:

  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Principles and Applications of Science 2
  • Investigative Project

There are a range of optional units covering biology, chemistry, physics and forensics and which we will choose together as a cohort.

Principles and Applications of Science 1 and 2 are assessed by external exam.

Science Investigation Skills is a task set by Pearson, completed over 9 days in college and then assessd by Pearson.

All other units are internally assessed.

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