L3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science, Year 2

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Work towards a career in chemistry with this exciting Applied Science course that upgrades your national certificate to an extended certificate, giving you a full diploma.

Course Information

As a second-year student, you’ll expand on your scientific knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, diseases and infections. You’ll explore key and interesting topics such as biological molecules and metabolic pathways, as well as studying and discussing contemporary issues in today’s science world. You’ll also learn about experimental design and statistical analysis, and will walk away with a full diploma that’s equivalent to one A level.


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone in years 11 or 12 looking to take the next step towards a career in science. It is 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.

Units / Modules

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

Unit 12: Diseases and Infections

Benefits / Skills

  • Analyse and identify contemporary scientific issues
  • Gain knowledge of applications of organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Study specialist areas such as diseases, 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, as well as a Pass in the first-year Applied Science National Certificate course.

Career Progression

Progression may include studying at degree level or relevant employment.

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Course Details


1 year

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Full time

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Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Fee (Adult)

£1,414   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts


A qualification in science can lead to a whole host of opportunities in health-related industries - like the pharmaceutical industry, land-based industries, environmental work, and sport and fitness.

Trips and Opportunities

By 2024, the science, engineering and production technician sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 2.3%. (EMSI, 2019)

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