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Applied Science: Extended Certificate BTEC at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

Pearson BTEC National in Applied science

A 2 year course made from externally examined units and internally assessed centre written assignments

The course is very pure in its scientific approach studying many difficult parts of the A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics content.

You will sit 2 external exams with the opportunity to resit just once. These exams are Pass or Fail 

Unit 1 principles and applications of science ( 90 mark exam lasting 90 minutes the exam is set by Pearson and marked by Pearson )

Unit 2 Practical scientific procedures and techniques (assessed by a series of assignments set by the school)

Unit 3 Science investigation skills (90 minute written exam set and marked by Pearson)

Unit 8 Physiology of the human body systems (assessed by a series of assignments set by the school)


Course content

Unit 1 – Learning Aim A - Chemistry electron structures S,P, D and F atomic energy levels, ionic bonding , covalent bonding, metallic bonding, intermolecular forces, equations, moles, molar masses and molarities, periods 1,2,3 and 4, groups S block, p block and d block, electronegativity, ionic radius, electron affinity, reactions with water and oxygen, oxidation and reduction, displacement of halogens

Unit 1 learning Aim B – Cell structure, magnification, animal and plant ultrastructure, classifying bacteria as Gram positive or negative, tissue types, neurones, synapses, action potentials

Unit 1 learning Aim C – oscillations, diffraction gratings, coherent light sources, emission spectra , stationary waves resonance, fibre optics, TIR, electromagnetic waves

Unit 2 – Titrations, calorimetry, pH curves, spectrophotometer, cooling curves, chromatography TLC, applications , GLC, scientific skills 



Entry requirements

Grade 5-9 in Combined science or 5-9 in Chemistry or Physics. Also 5-9 in Maths


Exams and internal assessment

Future opportunities

Degrees involving science - nursing

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: 10 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Ms C Ridout
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01622759036