Applied Science BTEC Level 3

Full name of specification

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

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Name of textbook if used

BTEC Nationals in Applied Science student book 1
BTEC Nationals in Applied Science student book 2

What is BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science?

For anyone who sees their future career in Science the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent starting point. It covers a wide range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills from which the theory is then drawn.

Why study this course?

The UK is facing a skills shortage in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for those who have skills in these subject areas. Science lies at the core of STEM, providing you with analytical and problem solving skills, teaching you to think, investigate and come up with solutions.

This is a full time course for those who wish to pursue a career in the Biological Science / Biomedical field. The course will provide you with a good grounding in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and some Mathematics, with the optional units giving you specialist understanding of key areas.

What can you expect from this course?

Applied science offers you a practical hands-on approach to science with lots of opportunities to carry out experimental work in our state of the art laboratories. Each unit is tailored to equip you with the skills you need to succeed at university and in the science industry.

How is it assessed?

4 External examinations and 7 Units of coursework

What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSE’s Grade 4 and above in Maths, English, Separate Sciences or Double science + additional GCSE.

What can I do after completing this qualification?

Most students who complete a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science progress to university, where a wide range of degree courses are on offer to students such as Forensics, Radiography, Biomedical Science, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Environmental Sciences or Astrophysics.
Alternatively, you may progress to an apprenticeship or directly into employment such as laboratory work. Employers highly value the skills gained by science students.

What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)

Unit 1, Principles and Applications of Science (Exam)
Unit 2, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Coursework)
Unit 3, Science Investigation Skills (Exam)
Unit 4, Coursework
Unit 5, Principles and Applications of Science 2 (Exam)
Unit 6, Coursework
Unit 7, Contemporary Issues in Science
6 Optional Units

Additional activities within this subject

  • Minimum 1 week’s work placement in industry.
  • Opportunity to take part in the Baltic Research Group as a member of the team.
  • Guest speakers from industry

Additional enrichment activities linked to university.

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