Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Qualification Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science
Subject Area Science
Attendance Full Time
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds
Duration 2 years

Course Content

This course is intended for anyone wishing to enter a career in science, and deepens the learner's experience in preparation for the world of work. It is equivalent to 3 'A' levels.

This is a two year full time course.

Course Outcomes

Students need to complete 12 units (6 in each year), to gain their BTEC National Diploma award. 6 units are core units which all students take. They introduce fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigation and practical techniques and perceptions of science.Students will also study a range of other units that include:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Applications
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Diseases and Infections


Progression could be into employment where professional body examinations or NVQ's may be taken, or students could continue to higher education programmes in this area.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English, Maths and Science, or BTEC First Diploma in a related science subject at Merit grade.

(Exceptions to entry requirements onto our level 3 qualifications may be considered)


Exam Board: Edexcel

Continuous portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations.


Materials: £35 towards the cost of textbooks plus visits, etc.

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