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Applied Science (BTEC Extended Certificate/National Diploma

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Applied Science
Code THS4
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


Applied Science is extremely useful for most careers because of the skills and practices that it includes.

There are many and varied careers to pursue in Applied Science. 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 science related occupations in the UK. This equates to approx. 20% of the workforce. 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. The Pearson BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is designed for learners who are interested in learning abot the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Applied Science.  


The qualification is equivalent in size to 1 A level and it has been designed as part of a two year programme.

BTEC Extended Certificate (2 year course) -

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 4: Optional Unit.

How will it be delivered?

Four units of which three are mandatory and two are external.

Mandatory content 83%.

External assessment 58%.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course, a student should have at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above.

Strong essay writing skills are essential and whilst it is not an absolute requirement, most students would be expected to have at least grade 4 in English Language. Analytical and mathematical skills are very useful in Applied Science and we would expect students to have a grade 5 or higher in mathematics. 

Your next steps...

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements to many relevant Applied Science courses, but also many others where analysis skills and report writing skills are valued.

This includes Teaching, Police, Journalism, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Works and various Government Agencies.   


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