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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Pearson) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

This qualification is aimed at 16 to 18-year-old learners who are in full-time Level 3 education and who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in the applied science sector. 

As a substantial vocational qualification it provides a broad understanding of applied science to support progress to higher education. It is suitable for studying alongside academic science qualifications, such as A-level sciences or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. This qualification can also prepare learners to take up employment in the applied science sector, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education.

Studying this qualification will enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as those scientific practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers to be most important. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferrable skills such as problem solving, research and communication as part of their applied learning.

The course is equivalent to 1 A Level. It is made up of five mandatory units, plus one optional unit from a choice of three.

Mandatory units:

Unit 1 Key Concepts in Science (written exam)

Unit 2 Applied Experiemntal Techniques (portfolio)

Unit 3 Science in the Modern World (written exam)

Unit 4The Human Body (portfolio)

Unit 5 Investigating Science (portfolio)

Optional Units:

Unit 6a Microbiology (portfolio)

Unit 6b Medical Physics (portfolio)

Unit 6C Organic Chemistry (portfolio)



Entry requirements

The general Sixth Form entry requirements i.e. six A*-C (or equivalent) ideally including English and Maths at grade 4 or above. This is a demanding course and therefore candidates will need to have exemplary time management and independent working skills.


Year 12 – 3 units 2 externally assessed

Year 13 – 3 units 1 externally assessed


This subject is not linear in nature i.e. Year 12 assessments do count toward the final grade.

Future opportunities

The solid foundation of this course will enable you to study Science at a higher level, either at Hampton College or elsewhere. It does complement other subjects very well and can lead into a variety of different pathways for career progression. Apprenticeship style course in the Science sector would be an excellent next step.

Further information

Applied Science Links well with Maths, English, Health & Social Care, Food Technology and Geography.

Contact Mr Gaduzo, Head of Vocational Science via e-mail at

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: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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