The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education, and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector. The applied science sector is diverse and wide-ranging, including, for example, biomedical, forensic, physical and chemical sciences.
Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units:
● Principles and Application of Science I
● Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
● Science Investigation Skills.
Students choose one option unit from a group, which has been designed to support choices in progression to applied science courses in HE. The option units cover content areas such as:
● physiology of human body systems
● biological molecules and metabolic pathways
● applications of inorganic chemistry
● electrical circuits and their application.
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of internal and external assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. External assessment is taken under specified conditions and marked by Pearson. Internal assessments are marked by the teacher, and subject to external standards verification. The Extended Certificate consists of two externally assessed units, and two internally assessed units. Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only.
Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Level 4 or above, including English Lit or Lang at grade 4 and Maths at Level 4. Subject specific results will also be considered when choosing this course.
In addition to the applied science sectorspecific content outlined above, the requirements of the qualification will mean students develop the transferable and higherorder skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. For example, when studying the science investigative unit, learning how to plan investigations, collect, analyse, and present data and communicate results, thus supporting some of the skills students need to progress into higher education, employment, selfemployment or training.
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses, if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning, including but not exclusively, those that are science related.