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Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Why study BTEC National Level 3 in Applied Science?

This level 3 qualification encompasses all 3 aspects of the sciences; chemistry, physics and biology, enabling a broad spectrum of knowledge to be achieved with a more practical ‘hands on’ approach.  The course deepens the understanding of key concepts encountered at KS4 and develops a more vocational focus of the sciences.  Key skills in scientific technique, such as experimental skills as well as interpretation and evaluation skills are developed through the means of continual assessment.

Course content

What will I study?

The subject content for Level 3 BTEC in applied science is divided into externally assessed and internally assessed units.

Externally assessed units

Unit 1  Principles and Applications of Science I  (90 Guided Learning Hours)
This unit includes many fundamental elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  It is assessed by a 1.5 hour written paper, taken in year 12, worth 90 marks.

Unit 3  Science Investigation Skills (120 Guided Learning Hours)
This unit prepares learners for the world of practical science, planning, carrying out and evaluating experiments.  Assessment is 2 supervised sessions in a three-week period, 3 hours for the practical part A and 1.5 hours for a Part B which is a written paper.  Submission of investigation notes and written paper, in year 12, worth 60 marks

Unit 5  Principles and Applications of Science II  (120 Guided Learning Hours)
Additional fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are covered in this unit.  Assessment is in the form of a two hour paper, worth 120 marks.

Unit 7  Contemporary Issues in Science (120 Guided Learning Hours)
Two weeks prior to a supervised assessment of 2.5 hours, information on a topical issue will be provided and supervised research time is provided.  The written paper is worth 50 marks.

Internally assessed units 

The internally assessed units are divided into compulsory and optional units.  These are task based assessments from authorised assignments set by the exam board.

Compulsory units

Unit 2  Pracitcal Scientific Procedures and Techniques  4 Assignments  (90 Guided Learning Hours)

Unit 4  Laboratory Techniques and their Application  4 Assignments  (90 Guided Learning Hours)

Unit 6  Investigative Project  3 Assignments  (90 Guided Learning Hours)

Optional units

Six units (60 Guided Learning Hours each) will include a range of biology, chemistry and physics units which will be matched to A level content and practical skills.



Working in a science based organisation requires a unique set of enquiry and technical skills and the BTEC National Level 3 qualification offers a perfect opportunity to prepare students for a career in science.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 x 4s

4 in English and Maths

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:

4 in Biology, Chemistry & Physics at GCSE

Or 4,4 in Double Science GCSE


* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements

Future opportunities

What can I do with BTEC National Level 3 in Applied Science after sixth form?

A BTEC National Level 3 in Applied Science will provide a broad-based science education in combination with transferrable skills which would lead into higher education or science-based careers.  Both the 12 unit and the 18 unit courses carry UCAS points, equivalent to 2 or 3 A-levels.

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 September 2017
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