L3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science, Year 1

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Ready to take the first step towards completing a Level 3 qualification? You’ll be in your element as you study and earn your National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Course Information

Get ready to put scientific theories into practice as you study biology, chemistry and physics in our practical state-of-the-art laboratories. You’ll explore specific areas of science such as diseases, physiology, genetics, astronomy, and more. You’ll also strengthen your application of organic and inorganic chemistry, develop practical and experimental techniques, and build up your analytical and research abilities. At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with a National Extended Certificate that’s equivalent to one A level.


Who is this course for?

Those that don’t have a qualification in GCSE science and are looking to take the next step towards a career in science. They are particularly ideal for individuals who want to combine academic study with practical skills, study in professional-standard facilities and take advantage of our industry links.

Units / Modules

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 12: Diseases and Infections

Benefits / Skills

  • Analyse and identify contemporary scientific issues
  • Gain knowledge of applications of organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Study specialist areas such as diseases, astronomy, genetics and biological modules
  • Conduct practical work in professional laboratories
  • Improve your analytical, investigative and critical thinking skills

Assessment Types

A combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed exams.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English or Maths. English and Maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4.

Career Progression

You will progress to a second year of study to achieve your Foundation Diploma and overall Level 3 qualification, or start relevant employment.

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Course Details


1 year

Study Type

Full time

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Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Facts


By 2024, the science, engineering and production technician sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 2.3%. (EMSI, 2019)


A qualification in science can lead to a whole host of opportunities in health-related industries, the pharmaceutical industry, land-based industries, environmental work, and sport and fitness.

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