BTEC Applied Science 

Exam board:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Course Description 

The course is based around applying scientific ideas and techniques in real-life industry contexts. Learning activities will include practical work, independent research, class discussions, presentations, online interactive tutorials, worksheets and note taking.
Throughout the course, you will develop the following skills:

  • Using apparatus skilfully and safely
  • Producing and recording valid and reliable measurements and observations
  • Presenting and analysing data
  • Research skills
  • Identifying and evaluating resources
  • Use of a range of photographic equipment including SLR cameras
  • Clarity of oral and written expression
  • Discussion and presentation skills
  • Making notes

Course Structure : 2 year programme, Equivalent in size to three A Levels. 13 units of which, 7 are mandatory and 6 are optional.

 Two Year course structure

Unit Number Year 12 Unit Title Unit
1 Principles and Applications of Science I Mandatory
2 Practical Scientific Procedures and
3 Science Investigation Skills Mandatory
4 Laboratory Techniques and their
5 Principles and Applications of Science II Mandatory
6 Investigative Project Mandatory
7 Contemporary Issues in Science Mandatory
Unit Number Year 13 Unit Title Unit
8 Physiology of Human Body Systems Optional
11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering Optional
12 Diseases and Infections Optional
15 Electrical Circuits and their Application Optional
21 Medical Physics Applications Optional
23 Forensic Evidence, Collection and


For students who wish to take a science subject but want to keep a range of science options open for their future education. The extended diploma course is equivalent to three A-Levels.

The two year qualification combines scientific theory and practical skills relevant to this fascinating topic area. Throughout the course you will study a variety of biological, chemical and physical sciences applying them to different scientific context in industry.

The course is broad and covers topics from many scientific areas across biology, chemistry and physics. The knowledge and skills you learn will provide many interesting opportunities.

You could progress to university to study a whole variety of degrees including:

  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Biological Sciences
  • Analytical Science
  • Social Science-based courses

This course is also suitable for students who wish to enter the world of work as technicians in a variety of scientific or medical industries.

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving

67% A*-C in Biology,

71% A*-C in Chemistry and

100% A*-C in Physics

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving

57% A*-C in Biology,

50% A*-C in Chemistry and

44% A*-C in Physics