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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Shenfield High School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector.

Course content

The course is designed to be taught over two years. A total of 4 units are completed with 3 mandatory units and one optional unit. The units covered are as followed:

  • Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3 – Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 9 – Human Regulation and Reproduction (tbc)

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry requirement – 5 GCSE’s C or above (including 2 in Science). 42 points with at least two B grades in Science


Assessment includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Unit 1 is assessed through an external written examination set and marked by Pearson. The examination is 1.5 hours and worth a total of 90 marks.

Unit 2 is assessed internally through a range of tasks and learners will be awarded with either a pass, merit or distinction. Learners will be assessed on their ability to undertake titration and colorimetry to determine the concentration of solutions. They will carry out calorimetry to study cooling curves. They will be expected to complete chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures and review personal development of scientific skills for laboratory work.

Unit 3 is assessed by a task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment is arranged over two sessions in a three-week period timetabled by Pearson. The supervised assessment sessions are 3 hours for Part A and 1.5 hours for Part B. The task will involve a practical investigation and written submission. It is worth a total of 60marks.

Unit 9 is assessed internally through a range of tasks and learners will be awarded with either a pass, merit or distinction. Learners will be assessed on their ability to understand the interrelationship and nervous control of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. They should understand the homeostatic mechanisms used by the human body

Future opportunities

The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. The qualification could lead to a variety of roles in the science sector such as:

  • working as a quality control technician/analyst; laboratory, carrying out analytical tests using modern instrumentation, ICT and data interpretation;
  • working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs. Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products;
  • working in the chemical industry, involved with testing materials;
  • working in chemical companies developing fertilisers and other plant feeds;
  • working in a biotechnology laboratory carrying out fermentation and purification processes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years