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Applied Science BTEC Level 3 (A Level equivalent)

This BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science contains a range of science units from biology, chemistry and physics. The programme attracts the same UCAS points as 1 A level and you can take 2 other subjects alongside it to create a full study programme.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Exam Board: Edexcel



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  • What will I study and learn?

    The qualification consists of studying 4 units in 2 years, looking at the application of science based on a mixture of practical experiments and theory activities.

    You will take part in laboratory-based practical assignments, presentations, group work and discussion supported by self-study.

    The units you will study will include:

    • Principals of science
    • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
    • Science investigation skills
    • Application of inorganic chemistry
  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is a mixture of coursework and externally assessed work:

    • Principals of science is a written exam
    • Practical scientific procedures and techniques is an internally marked assignment
    • Science investigation skills is an externally set and marked task
    • Application of inorganic chemistry is an internally marked assignment
  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 5 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 5.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    This course provides a basis for progression into higher education and degree courses such as biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, computing, nursing, radiography, pharmacology, forensic science and many others. The course also provides the appropriate background into employment with possible career-related further qualifications. The pathways taken could be aligned to medical, forensic or industrial career options.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Annual cost between £50-£75 for trips, books and any personal equipment that may be required.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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