BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (QCF)
Code RA011
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course reflects aspects of employment within professional science organisations such as quality control laboratories, research and development, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

It also provides a platform for entry on to University Science courses. It builds on the knowledge and skills learned at GCSE, extending them to Level 3.

The course will enable you to develop practical scientific skills in the context of a variety of scientific investigations. It is particularly suitable if you prefer portfolio-based assessment.


The mandatory units include:

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Contemporary Issues in Science

Plus, a selection of specialised Biology, Chemistry and Physics units.

How will it be delivered?

A combination of coursework/exams.

Entry requirements

Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. You should have a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Science. English Language should be at least grade 3. 

Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

Your next steps...

On successful completion you may go on to Higher Education or a range of employment opportunities in the Science industry.

Potential Careers

  • Research Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Optician
  • Paramedic
  • Environmental Consultant