Applied Science (BTEC Level 3) Course

X-ray image of a human body used to illustrate our BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Course

Science NQF BTEC Level3 Extended Certificate/Extended Diploma


We offer two courses at Level 3 in Applied Science. Both are two-year courses:
  • The Level 3 Applied Science Extended Certificate (single award) is equivalent to 1 A Level in science. You would pair this course with two other subjects at Level 3.
  • The Level 3 Extended Diploma (triple award) is equivalent to 3 A Levels in science.

BTECs are an increasingly popular alternative to A Levels. They are valued by employers and also accepted for university entry. 1 in 4 people who enter university do so via a BTEC course.

What we’ll study

Both these courses contain a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics content at Level 3 with some mathematical elements.  Units studied include applications of organic chemistry, medical physics applications, astronomy & space science, physiology of human body systems, science investigation skills and laboratory techniques and their applications. 

Students wishing to continue down a science route for higher education should choose the Extended Diploma course.

Your future

Past students have progressed onto university courses such as pharmacy, medical science, biomedical science, forensic science, physiotherapy, nursing, audiology, radiography and engineering courses. Students wishing to continue down a science route for higher education should ideally choose the Extended Diploma course.



How you’ll be assessed

For the Extended Certificate, 58% is externally assessed under exam conditions and 42% is internally assessed coursework. For the Extended Diploma, 42% is externally assessed under exam conditions and 58% is internally assessed coursework.

The courses are modular and you will receive module grades as you progress through the course – no potential surprises at the end of two years like with the new linear A-levels. You can also re-sit the externally assessed examination units; this is not possible with the linear A-level science courses.


Level: Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate (2 year course equivalent to 1 A Level) or Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (2 year course equivalent to 3 A Levels).

Examining Board: Pearson

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

Grade 4/4 in Combined Science. Grade 4 in individual sciences. Pass grade if you have studied L2 BTEC Science. Merit grade to study the extended Diploma (entry may still be possible with a pass grade).

Grade 4 in GCSE Maths.

Great subjects to partner Science NQF BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and Extended Diploma:

Health & Social Care, BTEC Level 3 Law, BTEC Level 3 Business all partner well with these two options.

To discuss whether BTEC Science options might be right for you, get in touch.

Contact: Dr Sulaman




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