The Level 3 Applied Science Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A Level in science and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels in science.
Both are two-year courses.
BTECs are increasingly popular, vocationally relevant qualifications where learners develop their knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. The courses are an alternative to A Levels, suitable for a wide range of students and are accepted for university entry and also valued by employers. In 2015, one in four people entering university did so with a BTEC.
What we’ll study
Both these courses contain a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics content at Level 3 with some mathematical elements.
This is a vocationally relevant qualification where learners develop their knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. The course is an alternative to A Levels, suitable for a wide range of students and accepted for university entry and valued by employers.
There is a coursework element and examinations are taken throughout the two years of study and there shall also be opportunities for re-sits; these options not available for linear A Level science courses.
Students wishing to continue down a science route for higher education should choose the Extended Diploma course.
Level 3 Applied Science students have gone on to study university courses such as pharmacy, physiotherapy, sport & exercise science, nursing, veterinary nursing, biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, pharmaceutical chemistry, forensic science and electronic engineering.
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.
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).
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