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Applied Science Level 3 Certificate at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

This BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science contains a range of science units from biology, chemistry and physics. The programme attracts the same UCAS points as 1 A level and you can take 2 other subjects alongside it to create a full study programme.

Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Course content

The qualification consists of studying 4 units in 2 years, looking at the application of science based on a mixture of practical experiments and theory activities.

You will take part in laboratory-based practical assignments, presentations, group work and discussion supported by self-study.

The units you will study will include:

  • Principals of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Application of inorganic chemistry

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Math at grade 5 with double or triple science at grades CC or CCC (or GCSE double applied science at CC)


BTEC L2 Applied science at Merit or Distinction with GCSE English and Math at grade 5.


Assessment is a mixture of coursework and externally assessed work:

  • Principals of science is a written exam
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques is an internally marked assignment
  • Science investigation skills is an externally set and marked task
  • Application of inorganic chemistry is an internally marked assignment

Financial information

Annual cost between £50-£75 for trips, books and any personal equipment that may be required.

Future opportunities

This course provides a basis for progression into higher education and degree courses such as biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, computing, nursing, radiography, pharmacology, forensic science and many others. The course also provides the appropriate background into employment with possible career-related further qualifications. The pathways taken could be aligned to medical, forensic or industrial career options.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2017
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