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BTEC Nationals Extended Certificate in Applied Science Level 3 (Block D) at St Simon Stock Catholic School

Course description

Year 12 follow the Edexcel Level 3 Applied Science syllabus in which there will be one unit that is examined and one unit that will be internally set and marked and externally moderated by the examination board.  The units covered in Year 12 are “Principles and Applications of Science” and “Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques. Successful completion of the Year 12 units is equivalent to 0.5 of an A Level and will result in a Certificate in Applied Science being awarded.  Most students carry on studying the course in Year 13 when 2 more units are completed.  These students receive the Extended Certificate in Applied Science which is equivalent to a full A Level.


Course content

Science is a subject that is always in the news.  Consider gene technology, global warming, endangered species, GM foods, transplants, forensics, Ebola, alternative energy.  The list is endless and is growing every day.  Applied Science can ‘stand alone’ as a Science subject and is complimentary to Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Sports Science in addition to the other Sciences and Mathematics.

Entry requirements

These are the course requirements for automatic qualification. If you do not meet the requirements you should still apply and we will arrange for you to take a suitability test. Grade 5-5 in Combined Science or Grade 5 in Separate sciences. Grade 5 in Mathematics and Grade 5 in either English Language or Literature.

Future opportunities

Applied Science provides an excellent basis for higher education courses from Biology, Nursing and Laboratory Work to Forensic Investigation and Sports Therapy.  Level 3 Applied Science attracts UCAS points so university is an option as is an apprenticeship.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years