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Level 3 Science at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC Applied Science qualifications are designed to provide specialist work related programmes of study that cover the key knowledge and practical skills required in the science sector. They provide an excellent route to employment in the science industry or within organisations which make use of science. The course aims to teach you scientific principles and how to work in a laboratory situation with both chemicals and live organisms. This is a practically based course with the underpinning scientific theory being taught at an academic level.

Course content

What will I learn?

You will study a wide variety of scientific areas including analytical techniques, rates of reaction, model changes using IT and breeding and monitoring genetic changes in live organisms.

Over the 2 years students will take 6 mandatory units worth 55 credits and a further 8 optional units worth 125 credits to make the qualification worth the equivalent of 3 A levels.


Mandatory units are:

Unit 1:              Fundamentals of science

Unit 2:  Working in the science industry

Unit 3:  Scientific investigations

Unit 4:  Scientific practical techniques

Unit 5:  Perceptions of science

Unit 6:  Using mathematical tools in science

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths


GCSE in Science at grade C or a BTEC extended certificate to at least merit level




The BTEC national is 100% coursework. To complete each unit, students’ work is assessed along the way, pulling together skills, knowledge and understanding.

Future opportunities

Further Study: Science BTEC National qualification can lead to degree or higher degree qualifications in a whole range of Science related courses.

Careers: Employment in chemical and biological industries, veterinary and medical sectors, as well as nursing and childcare.  

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 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September