Course Overview

This course is ideal for students who are interested in studying science but do not wish to study a separate A Level Science qualification.

This course can be taken as a BTEC Extended Certificate (1 A Level equivalent) or a BTEC Diploma (2 A Level Equivalent) so there is something to suit each learner’s choice of study programme.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Would like to progress to Higher Education to study Science or a Health related field
  • Would like to gain a broad understanding of science
  • Would like to take a course that is assessed entirely by coursework
  • Have a strong interest in the work of scientist in a range of different fields

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by coursework and exams. All units taken count towards the final grade that is awarded.

Core Units are:

BTEC Extended Certificate (1 A Level equivalent): 

  • Principles and Applications of Science 1
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills

BTEC Diploma (2 A Level equivalent): 

  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Principles and Applications of Science 2
  • Investigative Project

Optional Units include:

  • Physiology of Body Systems
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering

What skills will you develop?

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Scientist

BTEC Level Three

Course Leader:
Emma Parkin

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in Science, Maths and with an average points score of 4 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework and exams.