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Science (Applied) - Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate) at Bolton Sixth Form College

Course description

Do you enjoy learning science in a practical way? Do you have a particular interest in applications of science? Do you want to build up a science portfolio to complement other studies? This BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science is the equivalent of one A Level. A strong foundation is laid in all aspects of science and then there is a focus on one biological units in the second year. If you would like to develop your scientific expertise by building up a portfolio this course will appeal to you.

Course content

In the first year you will study two mandatory units in which you will look at aspects of physics, chemistry and biology. They will explore areas of scientific principles and their applications as well as scientific procedures and practices. One of the units will be assessed in the form of a written test marked externally. Another unit will be assessed by an internally set assignment.

The first year consists of two units, which are:

  • Principles and applications of science (I)
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques


In the second year you will study two more units. One of which is mandatory where you will study science investigation skills. You will study one optional unit that will be offered from one of the three areas of science. This unit will be assessed by an internally set assignment. The unit offered may be from any one of the following options:

Physiology of human body system; Human regulation and reproduction; Biological molecules and metabolic pathways ; Genetics and genetic engineering; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Applications of organic chemistry; Electrical circuits and their application.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. You should also have Grade C in two Science GCSE subjects (Core Science and Additional Science or separate Science subjects). This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

The practical knowledge you acquire in this course and the ability to analyse data will be extremely useful if you want to go on to do a degree for example in Psychology, Sociology, Nursing or Sport.

Further information

Please visit the College website or email for further course information.

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: 25 September 2017
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