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Applied Science Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Bingley Grammar School

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level .

Course content

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the applied science sector.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

Learners choose one optional unit which has been designed to support choices in progression to applied science courses in higher education.

Optional units include:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Astronomy and Space Science

Entry requirements

Core & Additional Science at Grade 4 or above.


Unit 1 - Examination

Unit 2 - Internally assessed Tasks

Unit 3 - Externally assessed practical skills

Optional units are assessed through a portfolio of tasks.

Students must achieve a pass in all units to achieve a grade.

Financial information

Students will be expected to purchase a revision guide (approx £10.00).

Future opportunities

The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, when studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, learners will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bingley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017
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