BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

The applied science sector is diverse and wide ranging, including, for example, biomedical, forensic, physical and chemical sciences. There are approx. 5.8 million people employed in applied science occupations in the UK. The applied science sector has a crucial role to play in delivering economic growth in the UK and allowing companies to compete in a rapidly enlarging global market.

What will I learn on this course?

On this course you will learn about the important principles and applications of science as well as learning about the fundamental procedures and techniques in science. You will also learn a range of investigative skills and learn about the physiology of human body systems.

Examinations & Coursework

On this course you will complete 3 mandatory units (Principles and Applications of science, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills) and 1 optional unit (we’ve chosen Physiology of Human Body Systems).
The Principles and Applications of Science module is assessed by three short written exams, the Science Investigation Skills module is also assessed via a written exam. The other modules are internally assessed through a series of coursework tasks.

Potential career paths

This qualification is ideal for moving into any area of science, it is deliberately designed to cover a broad range of content including Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The scientific skills that you develop on this course also provide you with a wealth of transferrable skills which will support applications to non-science industries too.

Enrichment opportunities

As a college have a popular senior science society who meet each week to take part in competitions, national science events as well as completing a range of experiment that we simply don’t have time for in our normal timetable. We also offer our 6th form students the chance to work with our science technician team for work experience and you can volunteer to support some of the younger students in the school in their science lessons.