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St Peter's
Catholic School

Extended Certificate - Applied Science

Mrs S McLaughlin

Head of Department

Extended Certificate - Applied Science

For anyone who sees their future career in science, the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science is an excellent starting point.

It covers a wide range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills from which the theory is then drawn.

This BTEC course is very practical with plenty of opportunities to implement the theory that you learn. You will go on a residential field trip to complete a scientific investigation. It is mainly coursework based, units will be externally or internally assessed, this  means that you have a very clear understanding of your progress throughout the course, to help you plan and achieve your next steps. Taught by subject specialists, with laboratory experience, you will learn by completing laboratory based practical assignments, supported self-study assignments, presentations and discussions that are based on real workplace situations, activities and demands.

The course covers a wide range of subjects including physiology and industrial applications, as well as using statistical and mathematical tools required for science.

Course Content

Blending together a mix of theoretical and practical topics in a well-resourced environment, the course covers a wide range of science topics to allow you to experience the full breadth of the world of science, helping you to identify areas of interest and your future specialisms.

• Biology – including physiology of the human body, genetics and biomedical techniques

• Physics – electrical circuits and electronics, medical physics, energy changes, sources and applications

• Chemistry – applications and techniques of chemistry, chemistry for technicians and biochemistry

• General Science – working in the science industry, perceptions of science, science fundamentals and scientific practical techniques

• Mathematics – mathematical and statistical tools for science