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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

The Level 3 BTEC Applied Science course is a two year course comprising of a number of units based on the use of science in real life contexts. The Extended Certificate is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science.


The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16-19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of scientific content.


Units within the qualification cover areas of Laboratory Science, Microbiology, Medical Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is AQA.


Where can this lead?

It is an alternative to A-Levels and accepted as an entry requirement for universities and further education colleges and is highly valued by employers. UCAS awards equal tariff points to Level 3 BTECs and A-Levels. A pass mark in a BTEC is equivalent to a C at A-Level, a Merit is equivalent to a B and a Distinction is equivalent to an A.


It is also an excellent qualification to provide relevant skill for those wishing to begin work in the sector.


Course Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 6 and above (to include at least a 6 or above in Double or Triple Science).

Good Mathematics, English (ideally at grade 6 or above) and ICT skills (ideally at grade 6 and or above).


Course Breakdown - Extended Certificate

The Extended certificate route has four units:


  • Principles and Applications of Science

  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

  • Science Investigation Skills

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems


Two of these units are externally assessed, one as an exam and one as an externally assessed task.

The other two are internally assessed by a portfolio of coursework.


Course Breakdown - National Diploma

This contains the four units covered in the Extended Certificate plus:


  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application

  • Principles and Applications of Science II

  • Investigative Project and Genetics

  • Genetic Engineering


Three of the units are externally assessed with the remaining units being assessed internally by a portfolio of coursework.






Additional Information

BTECs are an established and highly successful alternative to general qualifications, suitable for a wide range of learners. As work-related qualifications, they are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university. By nature, BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.


Copies of the specification can be downloaded from


For further information, please contact – Mr M Randle /

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: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years