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.
Students have to complete the following mandatory elements:
- Principles and applications of science I.
- Practical scientific procedures and techniques.
- Science investigation skills.
Then students will study one of the following units:
- 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: acid-base
equilibria, redox reactions and transition metal complexes.
- Applications of organic chemistry: develop an
understanding of the properties and uses of organic compounds, 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.
Paired with another subject such as Maths, BTEC Sport or PE, Health & Social Care or Geography, students completing the BTEC Applied Science course can go on to study courses in Engineering, Sports psychology, nursing and environmental science at university to name a few.