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Science (Applied) BTEC Level 3 - National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Block A) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

This course will provide good preparation if you are planning to enter employment directly in the applied science sector. The first of three mandatory units you will study is Principles and Applications of Science 1; the second is on Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques; and the third is the synoptic unit of Science Investigation Skills. 

The optional unit covers the Physiology of Human Body Systems. The evidence required for the internally-assessed units will support the development of a broad range of transferable skills. For instance, you will be given opportunities to write up the findings of your own research, use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carry out projects for which you have choice over the direction and outcomes and demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment, procedures and techniques.


Course content

This course comprises four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.

Unit 1 (M) - Principles and applications of science 1

Unit 2 (M) - Practical scientific procedures and techniques           

Unit 3 (M) - Science investigation skills

Unit 8 - Physiology of human body systems

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ in Core and Additional Science as well at 4+ in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.


Written Examination (1h 30) – externally assessed (25%)

Assignment – set and assessed internally (25%)

Assignment – set and assessed externally (33%)

Assignment – set and assessed internally (17%)

Future opportunities

In addition to the science content outlined above, this course develops transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, when studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, you will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills you need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask the school careers staff or Head of Sixth Form or take a look at the website identified above.

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: 02 November 2017