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Applied Science (BTEC)

Applied Science – Pearson Extended Certificate


Why study BTEC Level 3 Applied Science?  

Do you enjoy learning about how things work, how science affects the world around you and how it is used in the workplace and in industry? Do you enjoy learning about science through a variety of different teaching methods including practical work, presentations, and group discussion? Do you wish to study science rather than the separate subjects, biology, chemistry, or physics? If so, then the BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science is the course for you.  

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science uses a combination of assessment styles to give learners the confidence to apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace. The course is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the science sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a range of higher education courses. The course covers a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics giving an excellent foundation for many university courses, jobs or apprenticeship. 


What are the entry requirements?  

At least grade 5/5 at GCSE Combined Science or grade 5 in the separate GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. Students should also achieve at least grade 5 at GCSE Mathematics.  


What topics are covered?  

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science 1.  

Animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications.  

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.  

Introductions to laboratory equipment and techniques; including titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chromatography, calibration procedures and laboratory safety.  

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills 

Students complete a practical investigation which assesses the skills learnt in the unit and throughout the course, it allows students to apply both transferable and specialist knowledge and skills, drawing on the knowledge and practical techniques they will have met in Unit 1 and Unit 2.  

Plus two optional units to be confirmed.  


How is the course examined/assessed?  

The course is assessed through a combination of external exams, internally assessed tasks and a thorough scientific research investigation 


Who can I contact with questions? 

Mrs Bracebridge e.bracebridge@kingsmeadschool.net  

Mrs Watton l.watton@kingsmeadschool.net