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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Biology) at St John Rigby College

Course description

The course is delivered in an applied context through the completion of specially designed assignments so you will learn the science through real life industrial contexts.

The course involves a large practical element and you will be expected to carry out mini-research type project work individually or as part of a small team.

You will develop your research skills, study skills and you will have the opportunity to visit a number of universities and workplaces to gain an insight into progression routes and future careers.

Course content

This course is practically based with most sessions involving laboratory work or computer based research making use of state of the art laboratory facilities, new computer suites and college produced learning resources.

You will complete four units over the two years of your course. Two of these units are internally assessed assignment based units marked by your teacher with the remaining two units being externally assesses by the examination board. The course is designed so that you complete one examined unit and one assisgment based unit each year.

Entry requirements

Colege entry to include GCSE Science minimum grade 4, 4 or BTEC equivalent and GCSE Mathematics 4 (please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 24 for further details)


There is one examined and one assignment based unit per year

Future opportunities

The course can lead to careers in nursing, teaching, occupational, therapy, veterinary nurisng, radiotherapy or laboratory work.

When combined with other subjects it can also lead into further studies in geography, environmental sciences, sports and excercise science or design technology.

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: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: BI-NC

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