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Applied Science Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma

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.

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



All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ 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.

  • 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?

    5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Math at grade 5 with double or triple science at grades CC or CCC (or GCSE double applied science at CC)


    BTEC L2 Applied science at Merit or Distinction with GCSE English and Math at grade 5.

  • 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.

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