Exam Board Edexcel


Qualification BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science


Grade 4 in Science or Grade 4-4 in Combined Science



(Outline of


Year 12

Unit 1: Principles and Application of Science (worth 90 points, externally assessed)

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (worth 90 points, coursework internally assessed)

Year 13

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills (worth 120 points, externally assessed)

Unit 10: Biological molecules and Metabolic pathways (worth 60 points, coursework internally assessed)


Assessment External Examinations (58%)

Internal Assignments (42%)

Students must gain a pass grade in the examined component to pass the course, with two resits permitted for each unit.


 Careers Guidance The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science give learners the opportunity to acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable learners the opportunity to enter employment in the science sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry or Health/Science -related qualifications. This course also gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills, and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.


Scientists work in a range of industries from food and drink to pharmaceuticals. These courses provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science including the health service, government establishments and educational institutions.


Roles can include:

Pharmaceutical careers, Quality control technician/analyst, Technician of X-ray and scanning equipment, research laboratory assistant, forensic science service, scientific journalism, paramedic science, other healthcare careers, nursing, and dental hygienist.

Key Information

Transition Work

The transition work for Vocational Science can be found below.

Students should attempt to complete one task weekly over the summer ahead of the start of the course.


Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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