Why choose BTEC Applied Science

Students will be expected to have met St Paul’s entry requirements of 2 Grade 5’s and 4 Grade 4’s. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is essential for all courses.

The Extended Certificate in Applied Science is split into four key units across the two years of the course, with Units 1 and 2 in Year 12 and Units 3 and 12 in Year 13:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science – this is split into three subject areas:

  • Biology – Cells and Tissues
  • Chemistry – Periodicity and Properties of elements
  • Physics – Waves (including waves in communication)

Unit 2: Procedures and techniques:

  • Titrations and Colorimetry Calorimetry
  • Chromatography
  • Professional Practice

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: Enzymes

  • Diffusion
  • Plants
  • Energy in Fuels
  • Circuits

Unit 12: Diseases and Infection

  • Types of diseases and infections
  • Transmission of infectious diseases
  • Treatment & management of infectious disease
  • Response to infectious disease

Assessment Board & Course Details: Pearson: Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Assessment for the Extended Certificate in Applied Science:

• Unit 1 (90 Credits): External exam (2 hours – 3 x 40 min exams – Jan/Feb & May/June)

• Unit 2 (90 Credits): Assignments (Internal submission)

• Unit 3 (120 Credits): External exam (45 min Part A, 1 hour 30 min Part B – Jan/Feb & May/June)

• Unit 12 (60 Credits): Assignments (Internal submission)

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science are for students seeking an A-level standard science qualification who wish to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education or apprenticeships and ultimately employment in the applied science sector.

A qualification in Applied Science can lead to many degree level science courses include: Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical professions, Food Science, Communication Industry, Satellite Communications and Materials Science. A career in science has almost unlimited possibilities including an environmental scientist analysing soil samples, a nurse taking a patient’s blood pressure, a food scientist testing for bacteria in supermarket meat, possibly a Science Teacher in a school.