The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is aimed at students who want 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 qualification is equivalent in size to one A-level.
Principles and Applications of Science I. • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques. • Science Investigation Skills. Then students choose one optional unit: • Physiology of Human Body Systems: the physiological make up of three human body systems (musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive), how the systems function and what occurs during dysfunction. • Human Regulation and Reproduction: how the internal body environment is regulated and controlled within set parameters to enable key bodily process to take place. • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways: biological molecules and the metabolic pathways involved in chemical reactions to enable organisms to function normally. • Genetics and Genetic Engineering: the structure of DNA, cell division and the principles of Mendelian genetics and variation. • Diseases and Infection: five types of diseases, their causes and how humans try to prevent and treat them. • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry: covers three important inorganic chemistry topics - acid-base equilibria, redox reactions and transition metal complexes. • Applications of Organic Chemistry: develop an understanding of the properties and uses of organic compounds. Develop an understanding of their properties and uses in everyday life. • Electrical Circuits and their Application: the principles of electricity, including measurements of electrical values and health and safety, the construction of circuits and their use in society today. • Astronomy and Space Science: the principles and present-day understanding of developments in astronomy.
Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths and Grade 5 or above in all three GCSE Science subjects or a 5-5 or above in GCSE Combined Science.