BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Science and Mathematics

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

What will you be working towards?

Code M24
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (one A Level equivalent)


The course involves a combination of internally and externally assessed components. The first year includes written assignments, these are based around a variety of scientific practical techniques. There are three formal exams one in chemistry, one in biology and one in physics. The second year will include an externally assessed exam (completed in lesson time) based on a variety of practical skills and techniques. There will also be another unit of written assignments based on a variety of aspects of human physiology. The units are listed below: 

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I 

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques  

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills. 

Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems  

Level and Size of qualification:  Extended Certificate – 1 A Level equivalent (5 hours a week for 2 years)  

How will it be delivered?

Two units are internally assessed assignments. Each unit will have a number of assignments to be completed. For each unit a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade can be achieved. There is a formal exam component to this course which will be taken at the end of the first year. In the second year an externally assessed exam will be completed based on scientific investigation skills. 





Entry requirements

You will need a grade 5 in Science or a Merit grade at BTEC science level 2. You will also require at least a grade 5 in Maths and English. You will need to show a good level of interest and enthusiasm. Students will need to have a keen interest in general science and industry applications of the three main disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You must have good time management, organisation and an ability to work independently in order to succeed on this course. 

Your next steps...

You will gain an array of lab practical skills which are directly transferable into the work place. BTEC level 3 courses offer the equivalent UCAS points as A-Level subjects. This qualification can therefore offer higher education opportunities in a variety of professions such as nursing, veterinary nursing, pharmacy, zoo biology and radiography as well as the food and drink industry or environmental health. Skills would also be gained that could lead to employment in a hospital laboratory, research laboratory or college.