Applied Science Extended Certificate Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science
Code SCILY21
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Grounded in the world of work and career-focused, Applied Science will provide you with a broad range of skills to prepare for your employment or higher education. As an Applied Science student, you will put your learning into practice straight away by taking part in assignments set in real-life situations, developing practical skills and knowledge that employers will love.

You will build on your previous studies of science by widening your knowledge of the scientific investigation and practical techniques; working as an individual and in small groups on research projects. We will help you to develop the numeracy skills required in a scientific setting, find out about working in the science industry and examine perceptions of science in the wider community.  

If you’re interested in working as a scientist or technician within the science industry you will need a good understanding of core science concepts. Our Applied Science course will help you develop a firm grasp of these concepts and enable you to use and apply this knowledge and understanding in vocational contexts; leading to a career in a huge range of areas including forensics, medical, laboratory and industrial sciences.


You will gain a strong grasp of core science concepts and be introduced to standard laboratory equipment and techniques.

Through practical tasks you will develop proficiency in quantitative analytical techniques. You will also learn the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigation. 

The range of core science concepts will be built upon and this knowledge will be applied to vocational contexts. 

You will consider contemporary issues in science such as stem cell therapy, genetic engineering and developments in nanotechnology. 

You will also undertake your own investigative project comprised of a scientific literature review, planning, practical work and an evaluative report.

How will it be delivered?

- 58% exam.

- 42% coursework.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.
2 GCSEs at Grade 5 in GCSE Combined Science or 2 GCSEs in GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Physics.
Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

Your next steps...

Qualifications in Applied Science can lead to a career in a range of areas including forensic, medical, laboratory or industrial science, depending on the specialist units taught.

The course also provides progression to higher education courses such as forensic chemistry, biological sciences or audiology. Students who recently completed the course are studying Forensic Science, also at Anglia Ruskin, Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, Biology at Lincoln University, Diagnostic Radiography at Suffolk University and Palaeontology at Portsmouth University.