Applied Science

(1 A level equivalent course)

Why study Applied Science?
  • The new BTEC Applied Science Level 3 Extended Certificate uses a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence to apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning throughout their career.
  • There is a range of vocational assessments – both practical and written – which allow students to showcase their learning and skills to best effect when they take their next step, such as applications to higher education courses or to potential employers.
  • The course is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the science sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. It is to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate A Levels or BTEC Extended Certificates.
  • The course covers a wide range of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Science topics giving an excellent foundation for many university courses or jobs.
    Over 40% of the assessment is done by internally assessed coursework so it is a good option for students who are less confident in taking examinations.
Why study Applied Science at Solihull Sixth Form College?
  • The course is delivered in a variety of ways to keep it interesting and to help you to develop a wide range of skills. There are laboratory-based practical assignments, supported by self-study, presentations, group work and discussion.
  • Throughout your course you will be taught by specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers and supported by a team of dedicated technicians.
  • Lessons are taught in specialist laboratories with access to full class sets of equipment, allowing you to develop your practical skills.
Course Outline

The BTEC Applied Science Extended Certificate qualification consists of Mandatory and Optional units, which are assessed by different methods. To achieve the BTEC Extended Certificate: a student must study a total of 4 units. These include:

1 assessed by written exam (set and marked by Pearson):
Unit 1. Principles and Applications of Science
1 assessed by coursework (set and marked internally by the College):
Unit 2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
1 assessed by task (set and marked by Pearson):
Unit 3. Science Investigation Skills

This unit will be assessed by the traditional coursework assignments and will be set and marked internally by the College. The content of this unit will be decided for September 2021.


58% external assessment.
42% coursework.
Examining Board – BTEC.
This 4 unit qualification is the equivalent of one full A Level. Grades are awarded from Distinction* to Pass and carry the normal number of UCAS points for university entry.

Special Entry Requirements

Minimum grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics and two grade 4s from Biology, Chemistry and Physics or grade 4-4 in Combined Science is required in addition to standard entry requirements – see

Prohibited Options

Cannot be taken alongside A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry or A Level Physics.

Progression Opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, including, but not exclusively, those which are science-related. The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to subjects which would benefit from some scientific background. This will depend on the combination of qualifications chosen.

Cost Implications

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This information is correct for September 2020 entry.

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