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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

The Applied Science BTEC courses are a great route for students seeking employment in any area of science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level. They are work-based courses which focus on the real applications of science in the world today. There are opportunities to make links with industry through mentors and also visits to local employers and laboratories.

Course content

The Extended Certificate consists of 360 GLH. There are 4 units of study of which 3 are mandatory and one optional from a range of biological, chemical and physical topics. Two of the units are assessed externally by examination. The mandatory units are “Principles and applications of science”, “practical scientific procedures and techniques” and “Science investigation skills”.

Designed for learners 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 in applied science. To be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Science or Merit in Level 2 BTEC Science


All courses consist of the completion of units of work which are internally assessed as well as externally assessed exams. The portfolio units combine practical science and written reports.

The course offers students the chance to experience a range of different teaching and learning styles including working in small groups, participation in class discussions, field-work, study visits and individual research.

The focus of the course is very much practical and applied aspects of science, with strong connections to the workplace. You will practise a range of lab and research skills as you build your portfolio of assignments

Future opportunities

The BTEC courses combine well with other AS and A Level courses such as PE, supporting progress towards university courses and various careers within science. Students may progress to courses and employment connected with any of the sciences.

The vocational nature of the Applied Science BTEC courses provides experience of a range of manual and technical skills suitable for working in many industries and businesses with aspects of science research, laboratory or field work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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