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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at West Lakes Academy

Course description

This course is designed to provide you with a specialist work-related qualification. The course is perfectly suited to anyone interested in entering the various science and technical professions.

The 30-credit BTEC level 3 certificate offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector.

The BTEC level 3 certificate is a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and give vocational emphasis. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

This qualification uses science in the workplace as a focal point and enables learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for you to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to science and the science industries.

This course encourages skill based learning in more specific science areas, for example you will look at how labs are managed and the need to calibrate equipment.

It is essential that students on this course are organised, can meet deadlines, are open to learning new practical skills, have good maths and written skills in order to make calculations and can write reports. Excellent communication skills are also a necessity in order to present information verbally and in writing for assessment purposes.

Course content

This level 3 qualification consists of three core units all covered in the first year of study (these are the mandatory units - and must be covered for the certificate).

  • Principles and Applications of Science I (external)
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (internal)
  • Scientific Investigation Skills (external)

The optional unit we have chosen to cover is the

  • Physiology of the Human Body Systems (internally assessed).

Of these four units of study two are assessed externally, these are in the format of written examination lasting 1.5 hours, written by Pearson and the other is a supervised synoptic assessment.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for Applied Science: 5 A* to C at GCSE, Level 2 BTEC Double Award in Applied Science at merit or distinction or at least two C grades from any science GCSEs and a grade 4 in mathematics and English.


All internal assessments are in the format of coursework undertaken in controlled conditions, external assessments are in the forms of examination and synoptic assessment.

Future opportunities

In previous years students have used this qualification to further their studies in nursing, midwifery, forensic science and other analytical courses. It also allows for entry into science based higher level apprenticeships and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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