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Applied Science at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily limited to Applied Science. 

Course content

Students will study four units over the two years.

• Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science

Structure and bonding leading on to production and uses of substances in relation to their properties. Structure and function of cells and tissues specifically looking at human cells such as muscle and exploring ideas about nerves and synapses. Waves and communication; waves in music, optical fibres in communications and medicine.

• Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (focuses on the practical use of laboratory equipment and the applications of the various techniques) Concentration of solutions and producing standard solutions, spectroscopy.



Working in a laboratory, safe working practices and responsibilities and employability skills.

• Unit 3: Scientific Investigations (a high emphasis on the use of practical skills and students working independently to devise their own investigations based around the topics outlined below)

Enzymes, diffusion of molecules, energy content of fuels and electrical circuits.

• Unit 8: Physiology of human body systems Disorders of the musculoskeletal system, Disorders of the lymphatic system and their treatments, Digestive system and treatments of nutritional deficiency.


Entry requirements

General entry minimum requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 in both English and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above (A*-C). Any students meeting the above criteria is eligible for this course.


Two grade 4s or above in GCSE Core Science, Additional Science, Triple Science or Further Additional Science.Plus An APS of 4.25 or above.

Future opportunities

The requirements of the qualification will mean that students develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers.

Further information

Links with other courses

Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, Childcare, Psychology, Sociology, Geography and ICT

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 September 2018
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