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BTEC Applied Science Level 3 (Block A) at St Simon Stock Catholic School

Course description

BTEC Nationals Extended Certificate in Applied Science Level 3

Year 12 follow the Edexcel Level 3 Applied Science syllabus in which there will be one unit that is examined and one unit that will be internally set and marked and externally moderated by the examination board.  The units covered in Year 12 are “Principles and Applications of Science” and “Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques. Successful completion of the Year 12 units is equivalent to 0.5 of an A Level and will result in a Certificate in Applied Science being awarded.  Most students carry on studying the course in Year 13 when 2 more units are completed.  These students receive the Extended Certificate in Applied Science which is equivalent to a full A Level.


Course content

Science is a subject that is always in the news.  Consider gene technology, global warming, endangered species, GM foods, transplants, forensics, Ebola, alternative energy.  The list is endless and is growing every day.  Applied Science can ‘stand alone’ as a Science subject and is complimentary to Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Sports Science in addition to the other Sciences and Mathematics.

Entry requirements

These are the course requirements for automatic qualification. If you do not meet the requirements you should still apply and we will arrange for you to take a suitability test. Grade 5-4 in Combined Science or Grade 5-4-4 in Separate sciences. Grade 5 in Mathematics and either English is also highly recommended.

Future opportunities

Applied Science provides an excellent basis for higher education courses from Biology, Nursing and Laboratory Work to Forensic Investigation and Sports Therapy.  Level 3 Applied Science attracts UCAS points so university is an option as is an apprenticeship.

Further information

This course is part of the IB Pathway being introduced in 2019 and would strongly recommend attending our Sixth Form Open Evening on the 1st November from 5.45pm.

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Simon Stock Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years