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Btec Applied Science Level 3 Extended Certificate at Wetherby High School

Course description

This course is for learners who are interested in learning about the science 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 course consists of four units three which are mandatory one which is optional,

The course covers a range of areas within each scientific discipline both theoretically and practically

Course content

Unit 1 – principles of science - This unit covers  some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure andbonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their  application in communications.and physics.

Unit 2 practical science techniques- Learners will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries

Unit 3 scientific investigation techniques- Learners will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.

Unit 4 is an optional unit to be chosen at a later date


Unit 1 is an externally examined unit consisting of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions  in three sections biology chemistry and physics  the exam is 1hour 30 mins.

Units 2 and four are task based assignment units and are assessed internally by the subject assessors

Unit 3 is an externally assessed practical unit consisting of planning and carrying out an experiment under controlled conditions followed by a question paper based on the result and scientific method

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: 18 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course code: Btec Science

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