Applied Science Level 3 BTEC National

Exam Board

EdExcel pearson

Course Entry Requirement

Grade 5+ for GCSE Combined Science AND Grade 5+ in Maths GCSE

Course Overview

  • Unit 1 - Principles and Applications of Science I (Externally assessed exam based unit)
  • Unit 2 - Practical Scientific Procedures and techniques (Internally assessed coursework based unit)
  • Unit 3 - Scientific Investigation Skills (Externally assessed practical based exam unit)
  • Optional unit - This can be one of a selection of units (Internally assessed coursework based unit).

Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society.


  • Unit 1 - 3 x 40 minutes exams - 1 for each of the sciences (January and June)
  • Unit 3 - Part A - 3 hr practical session
  • Part B - 2.5 hr written exam (January and June).

Formative assessments takes place in the form of PPEs in December and March as well as in class assessments roughly every two weeks to track progress.

Support Materials

All students are encouraged to purchase:

  • EdExcel Pearson Revision guide to help them with exam based Units.

Any Specialist Equipment Required?

None. You will be provided with all necessary equipment for practical as well as any safety gear.

All students should bring a pen, pencil, ruler and a scientific calculator to all lessons.

Clubs or Interventions

Intervention will run with various Applied Science teachers throughout the course. It will be targeted and be provided if and when required.

Future Careers/Uni Courses

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses if taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications as part of a programme of learning. Learners will be able to choose a wide range of degree programmes to progress to, depending on the other qualifications they have taken.

In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant. For example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.

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