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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Paget High School

Course description

This course consists of three mandatory units and one optional unit, adding up to 360 guided learning hours. Students must complete both years in order to gain a qualification which is graded Distinction * - Pass

Course content

Compulsory Units

  1. Principles and Applications of Science 1 (90 GLH) – External written examination


  1. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (90 GLH) – Internally assessed coursework assignments


  1. Scientific Investigation Skills (120 GLH) – Task set by exam board to complete in lessons and be externally marked


Optional Unit – chosen from

There are 9 units to choose from. For example:-

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems.
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction.
  • Biological Molecules and Biological Pathways.
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering.
  • Diseases and Infection.
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry.
  • Electrical Circuits and their Applications.


These units are all internally assessed in the form of coursework assignments.


  • Assignments for some units are set and marked by the centre. Students will complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario which is tailored to the needs of the school.
  • Some units have tasks set by Pearson (the exam board). These are completed under controlled conditions, including a practical task that will tackle an everyday challenge and draw on pre-released information and taught content.
  • Finally students will sit an examination which is 1hr and 30 minutes long under high control examination conditions.

Assessment of this course focuses on application of skills in a work environment. Not only does this prepare candidates well for the world of work, but universities are also increasingly praising the additional skills it equips students with.  Assessments are performed under controlled conditions and require students to apply their learning to unfamiliar scenarios allowing them to provide evidence to demonstrate their understanding.

Future opportunities

A BTEC in Applied Science could lead to pupils becoming  Drug Researchers, Scene of Crime Officers, Technicians, Analysts, Police Officers, Nurses or Clinical Scientists.

Many students who have taken this course are now at university

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 March 2017
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