Skip to main content

BTEC Extended Diploma, Level 3

Applied Science

This course reflects aspects of employment within professional science organisations such as quality control laboratories, research and development, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

The qualification provides a platform for entry on to university Science courses.

It builds on the knowledge and skills learned at GCSE, extending them to Level 3. The course will enable you to develop practical scientific skills in the context of a variety of scientific investigations. It is particularly suitable if you prefer portfolio-based assessment.

The mandatory units include:

• Principles and Applications of Science

• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

• Science Investigation Skills

• Contemporary Issues in Science

Plus, a selection of specialised Biology, Chemistry and Physics units.

On successful completion you may go on to Higher Education or a range of employment opportunities in the Science industry.

Potential Careers

  • Research Scientist
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Chemical Engineer

Entry requirements Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. For this course you must have achieved at least a Grade 4 in GCSE Science. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

A combination of coursework & exams

Where can it lead?