Applied Science

BTEC Extended Certificate

Applied Science

Why should I study this course?

This course provides an exciting and enjoyable pathway through a science qualification to help you either enter employment or proceed to Higher Education in a science subject. It is accessible and provides a range of applied scientific experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, laboratory techniques and industrial science.

It will give you the opportunity to acquire technical skills and the experiences that you need to progress into employment or higher education. Our students have gone on to study degrees including biomedical science, zoology, marine biology, biochemistry and many more.

We have selected Unit 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering as a fascinating area of science.  Scientists have been using genetic engineering to help treat disease, modify crops and even make bacteria and animals glow in the dark.  You will have the opportunity to breed fruit flies during this unit and look at their inherited traits.

What will I study?

Your mandatory units will include:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures And Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

The new BTEC Applied science course is assessed by both exams and coursework. The Foundation Diploma is 40% examination. You will be asked to develop your own assignments and you will be assessed by submitting a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your learning. This assessment approach allows a greater flexibility for ‘assessment for learning’ and you will get feedback on your progress as you provide evidence to meet the grading criteria.

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will provide opportunities for you to become employed in the applied science industry or other businesses that use scientific knowledge and skills. It will also prepare you for Higher Education science courses.

Private study

Much of the portfolio evidence required in this course relies on independent working and you will need to be able to write up practicals, research new topics and work at home to successfully complete all the requirements. You will also need to revise extensively for the exams both within and outside of the classroom.

What materials will I need to provide?

Writing materials including paper. Revision guide. Scientific Calculator.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a whole range of approaches but as you can see from the unit titles much of the work will be practically based and a significant proportion of the learning will arise through these various practical assignments.

This course is for you if...

You want to extend your scientific experience and knowledge and you are prepared to work hard.

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

Five 9 – 4 *A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of a grade 3 (D) in GCSE English Language. A minimum of a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Science or equivalent.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

You will need to show commitment, a strong interest in science subjects and a willingness to learn.