BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

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An introduction to BTEC Applied Science

Bilborough College only runs BTEC Science Extended Certificate (1 A level equivalent) however much of the information in the video remains relevant.

BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science FAQs

Why choose BTEC science, rather than A level? We offer students the chance to study science at level 3 with a grade 5,4 in the sciences, and a grade 4 in English and maths – lower than the grade 6 in sciences and maths needed for the A level sciences.

The BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate counts as one of your three A level subjects and is a two year course. It is equivalent to one A level and is primarily aimed at students who would like to continue to study some science to support their other options.

Extended Certificate

Equivalent to 1 A-Level, this course will suit you if you are prepared to develop good practical skills by getting involved in lessons. You also need to be organised and able to listen carefully to advice. Most importantly, you should have a genuine interest in science as it requires a high degree of self-motivation.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths, English language. At least 5-4 in Double Science or 5-4-4 in Triple Science.

This qualification cannot be taken alongside any other Level 3 Science course.

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Students who successfully complete this course can study for degrees in a range of careers, depending on their other subjects.

Educational Visits

Students on the Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science course have visited Nottingham University for a talk on eco homes as well as local pharmaceutical firm Juniper and Dri-Pak, who manufacture a range of traditional cleaning products.

Course Structure

The full qualification is 4 units.  These will be spread over 2 years.

The units are assessed either by formal exams, externally set and marked practical assessments or by completion of a coursework portfolio, Nearly 60% is assessed externally.

Year 1:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science – External exam on cells and tissues, periodic table and waves.

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – Internally set and marked assignments including experiments from biology, chemistry and physics.

Year 2:

Unit 3: Scientific Investigation skills – Externally set and marked practical investigation on biology and physics topics.

Plus 1 internally assessed biology unit.

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