BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science
New for 2020
Applicants must have at least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 and above, including English Language and Mathematics. It is also important that students have achieved Grade 5s or above in GCSE Sciences, as the course builds heavily on the GCSE Science content.
AIMS OF THE COURSE:
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, with the aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment (possibly in the Applied Science sector).
The qualification aims to give a coherent introduction to the study of Applied Science covering: Biology, Chemistry and Physics in an applied context.
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics, to ensure that it supports progression to Higher Education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted, to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the Applied Science sector.
Learners will study three mandatory units:
- Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
- Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
There will also be one other unit that is yet to be decided upon.
The course contains a mixture of different assessment types:
- Unit 1 is an external 2-hour examination, with 40 minutes of each Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The examination will include a range of question types including: multiple-choice, calculations, short answer and open response. This unit is worth 33% of the overall mark.
- Unit 2 is internally assessed based on various pieces of laboratory work. This unit is worth 25% of the overall mark.
- Unit 3 is an externally assessed task that will assess the learner’s ability to plan, record, process, analyse and evaluate scientific findings, using primary and secondary data. This unit is worth 25% of the overall mark.
- The final unit will be internally assessed based on various pieces of laboratory work. This unit is worth 17% of the overall mark.
The course is equivalent in size to one A-Level and therefore carries the corresponding amount of UCAS points with it. For example, a Distinction Grade is worth the same as a Grade A at A-Level. It is recognised by Universities and mixed with other A Levels can provide the perfect combination of subjects for various higher education options.
It also provides a great mix of employability skills, including: cognitive and problem-solving skills, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills.