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BTEC Extended Diploma and BTEC Extended Certificate

Applied Science

What is Applied Science?

Do you work best through practical investigation and enjoy researching topics? Do you enjoy learning about how things work, how Science affects the world around you and how it is used in the workplace and in industry? Would you like to learn about Science in fantastic facilities with state-of-the-art technology? BTEC Applied Science is aimed at students who want to continue developing an understanding across all three Sciences within a vocational context.

What Will You Study?

Depending on whether you choose to study the Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma, you will study either two units (Extended Certificate) or a range of units covering the fundamentals of Science (Extended Diploma) during your first year. You will study the basic building blocks of the three core Science disciplines – from chemical reactions to energy transfer. You will develop practical skills through multiple practical based units and carry out independent research tasks.

What Next?

The course will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required to either enter employment as a Science Technician, or to enter university to study science related courses. The vast majority of Applied Science students gain careers in laboratory analysis, pharmacy, diagnostic radiography, chemistry, biomedical science, marine biology, physiotherapy, forensics, research, teaching or nursing.

NOTE This course is NOT suitable if you want to pursue a career in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least 5 Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade C (5) in GCSE Maths and grade Cs in GCSE Core and Additional Science. A merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Science will be accepted in place of GCSE Science.

Course Type

BTEC Extended Diploma and BTEC Extended Certificate


Extended Certificate – Exam: 58% Coursework: 42%

Extended Diploma – Exam: 42% Coursework: 58%

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