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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 at Ashington Community High School

Course description

This course is for those students who particularly enjoy working in the fields of Science, Technology and Maths. The Applied Science course is a vocational, or work related, course. This does not mean that you will gain all the skills needed for a particular job, but you will have the opportunity to acquire some skills along with specific knowledge and understanding. This course is set in a ‘real-life’ context with students expected to apply academic knowledge to everyday scientific scenarios.

Over the 2 year course the Extended Certificate in Applied Science topics are:
- Principles and Applications of Science
- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Science Investigation Skills
- A unit on a discrete area of science

Entry requirements

Students require Grade C at GCSE in either the Higher or Foundation tiers of GCSE Additional Science. They will also require a grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Literature or Language.

You will be expected to research and collect information independently. You will need to be able to manage your time well and make full use of the facilities both during free periods and after school.


The course is broken into 4 units. two of which are completed as coursework and assessed internally by staff; one which is completed as coursework and assessed externally and one which is studied for in lessons and then assessed with an externally-set written exam that is also marked externally.

Future opportunities

A qualification in BTEC Science is recognised as being extremely important by colleges, universities and employers. The course develops confidence in assignment writing, creativity and presentation skills required for employment outside of a Science specialism. Possible careers include:

- Healthcare
- Research Assistant
- Technical roles

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashington Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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