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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at North Liverpool Academy

Course description

The course looks at the fundamentals of science: covering aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, whilst encouraging you to express your opinions on different aspects of science. The course also focuses strongly on research and investigation, enabling you to carry out practical work, which will enhance your practical skills.

Course content

The level 3 BTEC Level 3 extended certificate consists of three mandatory core units and one optional unit to make up the course.

Mandatory units:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills

Plus one optional unit:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Astronomy and Space Science


Entry requirements

Grades CC or above in GCSE Science and Additional Science with Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English. An interest in scientific investigations and the world of science would be the perfect starting point for this course.



The course has 1 examination that will take place at the end of the first year of the course. This examination will assess unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science.

The Science investigation skills unit will be externally assessed at a time set by Edexcel. This assessment will assess the ability to plan, carry out, draw conclusions and evaluate practical work.

The final two units will be assessed internally. Assignment tasks will be set throughout the units and a ‘PASS’, ‘MERIT’ or ‘Distinction’ grade will be awarded.

Future opportunities

There are a large variety of degree courses that can be studied once science has been taken at Level 3. Science has a wide range of transferable skills which means scientists are highly employable with excellent career prospects.

Many scientists continue to study the subject at degree level; these can include aspects such as nursing, biochemistry, applied science, microbiology, sports science, physiotherapy and many more.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Liverpool Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years