BTEC First Extended Certificate

Course Level

Level 3


1 year full-time


September 2024


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Opportunity to progress onto our Level 3 Applied Science and Applied Science with Psychology

If you enjoy learning science using a more hands-on approach, carrying out practical experiments as well as researching for coursework projects, this one-year BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science is the ideal course for you.

You will be able to consolidate some GCSE topics in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as develop your practical and problem-solving skills through experiments and coursework. This is a very interesting course that looks at how the sciences are applied in a real-world context, for example applying biology to health scenarios, which is key in modern society. On completion, you will be ready to enrol on a Level 3 science or health-related course.

Why choose this college course?

  • COURSEWORK-BASED – Less exams and more coursework, this course is mostly assessed through practical experiements and reports
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Experience applied sciences first-hand by visiting our state-of-the-art Health Skills and Simulation Suite and robotics labs
  • PROGRESS TO LEVEL 3 – Want to keep studying science, engineering or health at a higher level? This college course will support your progression to a Level 3 course
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Our facilities

Our applied science college students will learn in brand-new chemistry, biology and physics laboratories, plus you will get to experience applied sciences first-hand in our state-of-the-art Health Skills and Simulation Suite, used by our nursing and physiotherapy degree students, and our robotics labs, where our engineering students do their practical training. You will also have access to our award-winning university support services.

Course breakdown

You will have just one exam which will cover just a small number of GCSE topics:

  • Biology: Cells, organs and genes, as well as nerves and hormones
  • Chemistry: Atomic structure, periodic table and chemical reactions
  • Physics: Energy transfers, waves and electromagnetic spectrum

The other three topics are coursework-based and include:

  • Human health and how organisms interact with our environment
  • Radiation, electrical energy in our homes and an exploration of our universe
  • Chemical factors affecting our Earth and environment

Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Entry requirements

Our college tutors are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to excel in the science industry, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

  • GCSE at grade 3 (grade D) in Science and
  • GCSE at grade 3 (grade D) in Maths or English (Language or Literature) with at least a grade 1 in the other subject.

English and maths

If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to study these subjects alongside your vocational subject. After enrolment, you will complete an assessment with our teaching team so we can ensure you receive appropriate English and maths support.

Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
  • If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.

Guaranteed progression

Key information

Teaching and assessment

One of the four applied science units are assessed by a written exam, the other three units are assessed as coursework.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £30, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)

Studying applied sciences opens up routes into plenty of career opportunities, equipping you with skills that are desirable to employers such as analytical thinking and report design, all while developing your personal development skills. Our award-winning support also ensures you stay on track to your goals and aspirations.

Rosa Wells College Principal

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Research scientists

Average Salary: £39,000

Forensic Scientist

Average Salary: £30,000

Data scientist

Average Salary: £55,000

Sports scientist

Average Salary: £26,500

Climate scientist

Average Salary: £35,000

Product/process development scientist

Average salary: £32,000 - £40,000

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Health and Social Care, Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing or Physiotherapy degree programmes.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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