When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes (course free to 16-18 year olds)
  • Course Code K24SHEA05A
  • Suitable For This course is free for 16-18s

What you will learn

This study programme allows you to take a practical and applied approach to your learning in a vocational context. It covers the key scientific principles across biology, chemistry and physics with a focus of practical scientific skills. It provides an engaging, robust and broad introduction to applied science principles, making use of the state-of-the-art science laboratories at our North Kensington Centre, brand-new for 2022. The underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that you will learn has been designed to reflect the needs of employers within the science, health and life science industries. Applied Science adopts a different structure from other qualifications, to reflect the unique nature of science learning. To ensure sufficient breadth and depth, the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science has eight mandatory units and a choice of 16 further optional specialist units.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Principles of science
  • Chemistry and our earth
  • Biology and our universe
  • Biology and our environment
  • Applications of chemical substances
  • Applications of physical science
  • Health applications of life science
  • Scientific skills

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC First Extended Certificate in Applied Science [EDEXCEL]

Class format and activities

The course is made up of a variety of modules that include both practical and assignment-based assessments. There are two externally assessed units that deal with science principles and scientific skills. The approach for the internally assessed units provides opportunities to explore beyond these principles into vocationally linked activities and enables you to receive feedback on your progress throughout the course.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English and maths. A Level 1 qualification in an appropriate subject area will be considered if accompanied by a good reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

What you need to know before you enrol

If you are under 19 years of age and do not have a Grade 4 in either/or maths and English, you will be required to retake these alongside your vocational course.

What you need

You should arrive to your lessons prepared to learn with pens, pencils and writing pad. All other resources and materials you need will be provided. In the event of teaching moving online, you will need a computer with internet access for online lessons via MS Teams on a daily basis.

What you can do next

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to related vocational qualifications at Level 3, such as Applied Science, including Forensic Science and Medical Science.