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Applied Science


National Extended Certificate in Applied Science 

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9-4


4-4 in Combined Science GCSE is the minimum requirements.

Exam Board

Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 - 360GLH 

Content relating to the subject qualification

Learners will study three mandatory units: 

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science 1 - Understand key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics 

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques - Carry out quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries. 

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills - Explain the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate 

Plus one optional unit: 

Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems - focus on the physiological make up of three human body systems (musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive systems), how the systems function and what occurs during dysfunction.


Assessment of the qualification

External assessment on Unit 1 - 90 marks - Written exam - 2 hours 


External assessment on Unit 3 - 60 marks - Scenario and practical investigation in Part A is given to students 8 days before Part B is scheduled and undertaken in a single session of 3 hours. Part B is a set task in a single session of 1.5 hours taken on the ninth day. 


Internal assessment on Unit 2 plus optional unit - assignment consisting of research, case studies, projects and practical skills. 


Career Pathways

University to study science further

Biological sciences




Social services

Public services

Animal care