Applied Science

BTEC Extended Certificate , Level 3
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What Our Students Say

“The decision that made me pick between here and other places was when I came to the open day everyone was just really friendly and open, and it just felt like a really welcoming environment to be in.”


“When I first came I didn’t know anybody at the college but because it’s people you’re surrounded by and people with similar interests to you, you do make friends quickly and you make really close friendships with people because you’re listening to the same things and you’re going through the same things, and you can help each other as well.”


“So the tutors are great for a number of reasons – they’re casual, you don’t feel like you’re being forced to do anything that’s uncomfortable, they’re not strict, they’ll have a laugh with you if you want to and they know how to get stuff done when they need to if we’re on a bit of a time crunch, but they also know how to have a bit of fun and not put pressure on you – and they’re great, they’re always there to give you information if you need it for at-home tasks and they’re always on Google Hangouts to message you if you need anything and they get back to you really quickly.”


Did you know!

  • 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.

Course Information


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.

More about STEM


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.

Course 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 and 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

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.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

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

Assessment types

A combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed exams.

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 02/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 77466-01
Fees (Adult): £2,225

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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