BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

BTEC Nationals are a range of qualifications that are designed to provide work related qualifications. They provide students with practical skills to prepare them for employment in a range of Science pathways. The course is designed so that knowledge and expertise gained in the workplace is valued and can play a part in the assessment methodology. At Level 3 we would try to develop links to support this learning.

BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science are designed to motivate, building on the achievements from Key Stage 4 or other Level 2 qualifications and are for those who wish to explore a vocational route at Level 3.


This course will encourage you to:

  • Gain skills in National Occupational Standards (NOS)

  • Acquire technical and employable skills

  • Develop an increased understanding of the role of science technicians or assistant practitioners


The National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-level.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 including a minimum of two grade 4s in Core  AND Additional Science, or two BTEC Level 2 qualifications in Science.

Course Content

During the two year course students will study three compulsory units :

  • Principles and Applications of Science

  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

  • Science Investigation Skills

They will also study one/optional unit from the following list:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems

  • Human Regulation and Reproduction

  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways

  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering

  • Diseases and Infections

  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

  • Applications of Organic Chemistry

  • Electrical Circuits and their Application

  • Astronomy and Space Science


Assessment will be through internally marked assignments and practical activities as well as external examinations. 58% of the course has external assessment.

Students can achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction grading on each unit. The final grade is an aggregate of all the unit grades to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Approach to Teaching and Learning
  • Lectures

  • Group and pair work

  • Class discussion

  • Individual Reviews

  • Practical tasks

  • Individual research

  • Work based visits

Future Prospects

Scientists work in industry, the health service, government establishments and educational institutions. Fields of work include research and development and scientific analysis, and there are job opportunities in almost every industry, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals.

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